The Lovely Bones by Alice SeboldThe Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured familys need for peace and closure.
The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.
Sebold creates a heaven thats calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive -- and then some. But Susie isnt ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.
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It follows a girl who is murdered and watches over her family from the in-between, and is torn between seeking vengeance on her killer and allowing her family to heal. The film's score was composed by Brian Eno. The film's North American release date was changed multiple times, with a limited release on December 11, , and a wider release on January 15, In , year-old high school freshman Susie Salmon dreams about becoming a photographer. One day, Ray, a boy she has a crush on, approaches her at school and asks her out. As Susie walks home through a cornfield, she runs into her neighbor, George Harvey, who coaxes her into his underground den.
The narrator of the story, she is fourteen years old. She is murdered at the beginning of the novel and narrates from heaven. She spends much of her time telling the story of how her family and loved ones cope with her death. Her curiosity also leads her to find out more about her killer. In addition, she narrates her own progression through heaven as she matures there. Although Susie never grows up, her voice is a mix of her adolescent whimsy and her growing maturity acquired in heaven.
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