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The Lovely Bones: Deluxe Edition
by Alice Sebold

Published: 2007-09-17
Paperback : 368 pages
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Available for the first time--a deluxe trade paperback edition of Alice Sebold's modern classic.Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. The Lovely Bones is such a book - a phenomenal #1 bestseller celebrated at ...
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(Available for the first time--a deluxe trade paperback edition of Alice Sebold's modern classic.Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. The Lovely Bones is such a book - a phenomenal #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its narrative artistry, its luminous clarity of emotion, and its astoniishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world."My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on eath continue without her - her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable traged and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy"A stunning achievement." -The New Yorker"Deeply affecting. . . . A keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures and changes over time." -New York Times"A triumphant novel. . . . It's a knockout." -Time"Destined to become a classic in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird. . . . I loved it." -Anna Quindlen"A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished." -Los Angeles Times"The Lovely Bones seems to be saying there are more important things in life on earth than retribution. Like forgiveness, like love." -Chicago Tribune

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by [email protected] (see profile) 01/30/20

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Truly a great read. An interesting thought on life after death.

 
  " Brilliantly written"by MStanlis (see profile) 01/29/10

Heart wrenching story of a family coping with the sudden, tragic death of a child. The story is told from the deceased girl point of view. Watching her family deal and trying to come to grips with the... (read more)

 
  "Interesting"by monijones71 (see profile) 01/11/10

I did like reading this book, however I was left with wanting a bit more. I felt something was missing. That is the only reason it got 3 stars from me instead of 4. I would definitely suggest it to someone... (read more)

 
  "Lovely Bones"by ohsherry709 (see profile) 01/08/10

It was a very difficult topic, particularly as I am a new mother. The author keeps the reader captivated and it was well written.

 
  "emotionally difficult to read"by shelbymomof2 (see profile) 11/16/09

I have a 13-year-old daughter, and the subject matter just hit too close to home. The bad guy is really horrifyingly bad. I wasn't satisfied with the ending.

 
  "could not stop thinking about this book"by cshelley27 (see profile) 10/24/09

Loved this book. I continue to think about the story long after I have finished the book. A hit with our club. Generated a lot of discussion.

 
  "Most readers in our club didn't like the subject matter but discussion was GREAT!"by LA_Librarian (see profile) 11/24/07

Many of our women didn't like reading it because it brought about fear for their own children. Others didn't care for the picture of the "in between" place. A few really liked. Still, for all the gripes...discussion... (read more)

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