The Lovely Bones
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.