The Lovely Bones

By Alice Sebold (Trade Paperback, 2009)
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.

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.

Alice Sebold is the author of three #1 bestselling books, the novels The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon and the memoir Lucky. She lives in California with her husband, the novelist Glen David Gold.

  • The Lovely Bones

  • "Mesmerizing....THE LOVELY BONES takes the stuff of neighborhood tragedy and turns it into literature." (New York Times Book Review).

  • "A stunning achievement." (The New Yorker).

  • "A triumphant novel....It's a knockout." (Time).

  • "Deeply affecting....A keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures and changes over time." (New York Times).

  • "THE LOVELY BONES seems to be saying there are more important things in life on earth than retribution. Like forgiveness, like love." (Chicago Tribune).

  • (Library Journal).

  • (Publishers Weekly).

Product Details

The Lovely Bones
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US/$17.99 CAN
  • Pages: 368
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316044936
  • On Sale Date: 09/30/2009
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