Title[ edit ] The novel's title is taken from a quotation at the story's conclusion, when Susie ponders her friends' and family's newfound strength after her death: These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it.
Share via Email When she was 18, a student, a virgin, and on her way home one night, Alice Sebold was brutally raped in a tunnel. Her attacker raped her with his fist and his penis; he beat her up; he urinated on her face. But it made him realise that, despite what had happened to her, "I was still the sarcastic kid who talked bodies, and that was not going to change.
She has written a novel, The Lovely Bones, which has been described as "an uplifting book about the abduction and murder of a young girl". More on being not-dead later.
Everyone expects her to be younger than 39 - "which is old for a first novelist, so they keep telling me". The Lovely Bones opens with the kind of lines that make you famous. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, Sometimes I combined them. She sees her mother "bracing under the weight of it, a weight that she naively hoped might lighten someday, not knowing that it would only go on to hurt in new and varied ways for the rest of her life.
Then as his consciousness woke, it was as if poison Alice sebolds concept of heaven seeped in. It is a stunningly sad novel - and yet it is also, said Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times, "a deeply affecting meditation on the ways in which terrible pain and loss can be redeemed - slowly, grudgingly and in fragments - through love and acceptance.
Reviews of The Lovely Bones in the US have matched its sellout status with blanket praise and excitement, from Jonathan Franzen to Anna Quindlen to Michael Chabon; even the usually tough Kakutani loved it, admiring "her ability to capture both the ordinary and the extraordinary, the banal and the horrific, in lyrical, unsentimental prose; her instinctive understanding of the mathematics of love between parents and children; her gift for making palpable the dreams, regrets and unstilled hopes of one girl and her family.
In the US, it has been praised for its lack of sentimentality; in Britain, Natasha Walter called it "an incredibly candyfloss read, very, very sugary".
Whether this is down to cultural differences or the disappointment of raised expectations will emerge only when British readers get hold of the book.
She is tired from the grind of readings, interviews, hotel rooms. She always takes these off for photographs, and considers the glasses a form of disguise from her "temporal literary celebrity". So what can I say? I did not expect popular success in the United States or anywhere else, I do not expect to be popular in Great Britain - and they may actually fulfil that expectation.
The view of heaven presented in The Lovely Bones is a familiar one - a place of happiness, without judgment, where you get what you desire as long as you know why you desire it. Although, says Susie, "I could not have what I wanted most: Mr Harvey dead and me living.
He writes, "There have always been The Victorians went to spiritualists and mediums; we, in turn, devour the literature of near-death experiences to satisfy our hankering to know if there is anything more to come.
Stanford also says, incidentally, that some Christian fundamentalists, of which there are tens of millions in the US, believe the book of Revelation actually provides a street plan for heaven.
She is not religious. My mom was briefly the warden for the vestry - but she quit after I was raped because the way people responded made her so sick. And I believe in dogs.
And, as Kate Berridge wrote in Vigor Mortis: Sebold says that many of the people who come to her readings have had someone close to them killed. The idea that it is, perhaps, a reciprocal relationship between the living and the dead.
Sebold says that many of her friends died of Aids in New York in the s. But I lost a lot of friendships - if anyone said something stupid about violence or rape, I used to say, just fuck you. I was told this story by police. In comparison, they said I was lucky.
Her rapist received the maximum jail sentence. The suggestion some have made that The Lovely Bones is "working out" her rape infuriates her. Once I was reading more of her into it, not just taking it as straight fiction, then I suppose I thought of it in a lesser way.Alice Sebold is an American writer and bestselling author of the book The Lovely Bones, hailed as the most successful debut novel since Gone With the Wind.
Born Alice Sebold on September 6, Apparently the afterlife is tailored to the desires of the individual, and Susie's is a teenage girl's version of heaven: she goes to school, but there are no teachers, and the textbooks are fashion magazines.
quotes from Alice Sebold: 'Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.', 'You save yourself or you remain unsaved.', and 'Nothing is ever certain.' This wide wide Heaven is about flathead nails and the soft down of new leaves, wide roller coaster rides and escaped marbles that fall then hang then take.
Susie's spirit flees toward her personal Heaven, and in doing so, rushes past one of her classmates, social outcast Ruth Connors.
The Salmon family at first refuses to believe that Susie is dead, until a neighbor's dog finds Susie's elbow. Alice Sebold’s number one national bestselling novel The Lovely Bones depicts the horrendous rape and murder of a small-town girl named Suzie Salmon. Suzie must then watch–from her own personal heaven—her family and friends struggle to cope and move on with their lives.
The novel is set in the suburbs of Norristown, Pennsylvania, Oct 15, · Alice Sebold's Bleak 'Almost Moon' Alice Sebold has produced difficult books before: The Lovely Bones centers on a year-old looking down from heaven after her own rape and murder.