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Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones
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Summary: Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven as events unfold after her rape and murder.
My name was Salmon, like the fish: first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.
What a beginning. That first line reveals so much character in just a few words.
Published in 2002, this is one of the older books on our challenge list. It is Alice Sebolt’s debut novel, although she had already published a memoir, Lucky. In the memoir, she revealed she had been raped as a college freshman, which explains the subject matter.
With the violent events that led to Susie’s death, it would seem like this would be in the thriller/suspense/mystery genres, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. It won a Bram Stoker award, which honors horror novels. The story, however, is also about family and relationships. It seems like this novel defies categorization.
There is a 2009 movie based on Lovely Bones. I wonder how well it follows the book. The movie trailer is here.
What do you think? Have you read this novel?