Book Club Kit: The Lovely Bones

The Lovely BonesThe Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
First Published: 2002
6 Copies & Reading Guide

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer. This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy, suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet …”

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes a Book Description, Reviews, and Discussion Questions

Reviews:
The Christian Science Monitor – “If I should die before, I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take” by Ron Charles
Salon.com – “The Lovely Bones” by Laura Miller
The New York Times – “What Remains” by Katherine Bouton
The Observer (UK) – “An Eternity of Sweet Nothings” by Philip Hensher
O, The Oprah Magazine – “Reading Room: The Lovely Bones” by Elaina Richardson

On the Web:
Powell’s Books – Author Interviews- “The World Meets Alice Sebold” by Dave Weich (Print)
Charlie Rose – An Interview with Alice Sebold (Video)
Visit The Lovely Bones movie website to see the trailer.

Do we have the movie? Check the Catalog!

More from Alice Sebold:
Lucky
The Almost Moon

If you liked The Lovely Bones, you might like:
Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
Room by Emma Donoghue
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

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One comment on “Book Club Kit: The Lovely Bones

  1. Lovely Bones is a cross between reality and fiction. Some liked the book and others thought the book was not believeable at all and ruined their thoughts of what heaven was like. The group discussed how Bucky, the son, was not talked to about his sisters death because he was so young. The events that occurred in the book could be associated with someone’s life who has lost a child but others were just not believeable.

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