Teenager Susie Salmon looks down from her heaven to observe
her family suffering from grief over her disappearance. She also
sees her killer trying to cover his odious deed. As the next few
weeks pass, Susie continues to watch as her parents' marriage seems
to disintegrate as neither can cope with not knowing whether she
lived; her sister turns into an unfeeling rock to be strong; and her
little brother cannot understand what happened to Susie.
heaven is a playground, but the swings are perfect. Counselors help
Susie and other newcomers cope and she makes new friends. However,
heaven cannot give her what she most desires. She wants to be back
with her loving family as they seek closure in different ways.
Any reader lucky enough to peruse THE LOVELY BONES will know how
fortunate they are to be in on the early stages of what appears to
be a super talent. The creative story line is deftly handled so that
the audience can follow how various key players, especially the
Salmon family insuring Susie, cope or not with their loss. Alice
Sebold provides a tremendous character driven tale that though
melancholy yet optimist makes reading a heaven on earth.
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