The Lovely Bones

By Alice Sebold
(Little Brown and Company, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780316044400, 372pp.)

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

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Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. THE LOVELY BONES is such a book -- a #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its artistry, for its luminous clarity of emotion, and for its astonishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world.
"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."
So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her -- her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, THE LOVELY BONES succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.
The major motion picture version of THE LOVELY BONES, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, and Saoirse Ronan is scheduled for release on December 11, 2009.




About the Author
Alice Sebold is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novelsThe Lovely Bones, The Almost Moon, andLucky, a memoir. She won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2002 and the ABA Book of the Year Award in 2003, both for The Lovely Bones. The book was also made into a movie starring Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, and Saoirse Ronan.She is a graduate of Syracuse University, the University of Houston, and the University of California, Irvine. Sebold lives in California with her husband, the novelist Glen David Gold.
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