The Lovely Bones |

The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold

Little, Brown and Co.

Is “The Lovely Bones” a coming-of-age story? A mystery? A primer on grief and healing? It actually is all those things, but more important, it is an exquisitely written novel that will tug at your heartstrings and make you see the everyday world in a slightly different way than you did before.

That’s a tall order, indeed, but the story of 14-year-old Susie Salmon isn’t easily forgotten. For starters, the book begins after she has been murdered. Susie is the narrator of the story, telling it from heaven. She watches her family – and sees life go on for everyone else after the murder. At the same time, she begins an exploration of heaven.

Life does go on, of course, and Susie sees her father embark on the relentless quest to discover her killer.

But “The Lovely Bones” is so much more than the hunt for Susie’s killer. It’s a tale of love, loss and grief, while offering hope beyond our wildest imaginations.

While the plot sounds convoluted at best – and depressing beyond belief – “The Lovely Bones” is neither. Susie Salmon shows us dual worlds that offer extraordinary vistas. All we need to do is open our minds and look.

– Dixie Redfearn

Nevada City

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