Susie Salmon is 14 when she is murdered. In the realm of our experience, this should mean that Susie has tragically disappeared and can no longer be in contact with anyone. But we watch Susie and listen as she makes the transition from her earthly life to her heavenly one. With Susie, we observe how her family copes with the horrific loss of a child. We observe the very common stages of grief that they necessarily experience, and like Susie, we wait to see if they successfully transcend this experience and are able to continue with the job of living. What is different about the story told in The Lovely Bones is that Susie herself must go through this transition. She is in the in-between, no longer on Earth, but not yet in her final heaven. Alice Sebold takes everyone, Susie and her family, through a maturation process.
This Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide (71 pages) for Alice Sebold's novel The Lovely Bones includes:
• Novel synopsis
• Author information
• Character analysis
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions
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