The Lovely Bones
I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. There are counsellors to help newcomers to adjust, and friends to room with. Everything she wants appears as soon as she thinks of it except the thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on earth. From heaven, Susie watches. She sees her happy suburban family implode after her death, as each member tries to come to terms with the terrible loss.
The Lovely Bones is a luminous and astonishing novel about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting. It is, above all, a novel which .
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Alice Sebold interview on "The Lovely Bones" (2002)
After her murder, the story is told as she watches the lives of her family and friends, and also of her killer. The novel was adapted into a film in , directed by Peter Jackson. The novel begins with Susie Salmon introducing herself. One night, on her walk home from school, she is met by one of her neighbors, George Harvey. He invites her to come to see something he has built, and because her parents have met George, she trusts him and goes to see what he has made. While in there, Susie begins to feel nervous and attempts to leave, but George holds her back.