The Lovely Bones - Alice SeboldPicador, 2002, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Leans slightly.
On her way home from school on a snowy December day, 14-year-old Susie Salmon is lured into a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, unfolds from heaven, where life is a perpetual yesterday and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case. As Sebold fashions it, everyone has his or her own version of heaven. Susie's resembles the athletic fields and landscape of a suburban high school: a heaven of her simplest dreams, where there were no teachers… We never had to go inside except for art class… The boys did not pinch our backsides or tell us we smelled; our textbooks were Seventeen and Glamour and Vogue. The Lovely Bones works as an odd yet affecting coming-of-age story. Susie struggles to accept her death while still clinging to the lost world of the living, following her family's dramas over the years. Her family disintegrates in their grief: her father becomes determined to find her killer, her mother withdraws, her little brother Buckley attempts to make sense of the new hole in his family and her younger sister Lindsey moves through the milestone events of her teenage and young adult years with Susie riding spiritual shotgun. Random acts and missed opportunities run throughout the book--Susie recalls her sole kiss with a boy on earth as like an accident--a beautiful gasoline rainbow. 336pp.
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