The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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dc.title The Lovely Bones
dc.creator Sebold, Alice
dc.subject Murder victims’ families- Fiction.; Teenage girls- Crimes against- Fiction. LCSH
dc.description When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn’t happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing. In the hands of a brilliant novelist, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.
dc.publisher Back Bay Books
dc.contributor Alice Sebold 2004-04-20 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 352 pages; 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13: 978-0316168816 ISBN
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold; originally published by Little, Brown, New York: 2002
dc.coverage 2002-2004
dc.rights All rights reserved

Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old girl, who on her walk home from school is lured into a hideout created by George Harvey, her 36-year-old neighbor. He then proceeds to rape, murder, and dismember her, and then disposes of her remains into a sinkhole. The rest of the story revolves around Susie watching her family and friends deal with the aftermath of her murder and how Susie comes to terms with what happened to her. The Lovely Bones was first challenged at a middle school in Connecticut, and as subsequently been challenged in other schools, due to many believing the content was “too mature/frightening for middle school students” (Marshall University Libraries, 2010).

Marshall University Libraries. (2010, August 6). Banned books: The Lovely Bones. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from