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The Lovely Bones

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With an introduction by Karen Thompson Walker.

The internationally bestselling novel that inspired the acclaimed film directed by Peter Jackson.

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.

In heaven, Susie Salmon can have whatever she wishes for - except what she most wants, which is to be back with the people she loved on earth. In the wake of her murder, Susie watches as her happy suburban family is torn apart by grief; as her friends grow up, fall in love, and do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But as Susie will come to realize, even in death, life is not quite out of reach . . .

A luminous, astonishing novel about life and death, memory and forgetting, and finding light in the darkest places, Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones became an instant classic when it was first published in 2002. There are now over ten million copies in print. It inspired the film starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Saoirse Ronan.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 24mm | 291g
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1447275209
  • 9781447275206
  • 33,978

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Moving and compelling . . . It will put an imperceptible but stealthily insistent hold on you. I sat down in the morning to read the first couple of pages; five hours later, I was still there, book in hand, transfixed Maggie O'Farrell Sunday Telegraph
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Sebold has given us a fantasy-fable of great authority, charm, and daring. She's a one-of-a-kind writer -- Jonathan Franzen A chilling juxtaposition of innocence against evil * New Statesman * [Sebold] has created a novel that is painfully fine and accomplished, one which readers will have their own difficulties relinquishing, long after the last page is turned * Los Angeles Times * Takes the stuff of terrible tragedy and transforms it into something hopeful and redemptive * Daily Mail * Spare, beautiful and brutal prose . . . The Lovely Bones is compulsive enough to read in a single sitting, brilliantly intelligent, elegantly constructed and ultimately intriguing * The Times * Moving and compelling . . . It will put an imperceptible but stealthily insistent hold on you. I sat down in the morning to read the first couple of pages; five hours later, I was still there, book in hand, transfixed -- Maggie O'Farrell * Sunday Telegraph *
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About Alice Sebold

Alice Sebold is the author of the bestselling novels The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon, and the memoir Lucky. She lives in California.
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1,802,497 ratings
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4 35% (633,684)
3 24% (432,774)
2 8% (138,854)
1 4% (66,243)
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