The lovely bones : a novel / Alice sebold.
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- ISBN: 0786245972 (lg. print : hc : alk. paper)
- Physical Description: 511 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.
- Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2002.
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Library Journal Review
The Lovely Bones
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From her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon, a 14-year old high school freshman, tells of her rape and murder by Mr. Harvey, a reclusive miniature-dollhouse-building neighbor. She empathizes with her family and close friends as they struggle to cope with her death and eventually survive the pain and grief. The narrative's intensity wanes a bit just before the question of whether Mr. Harvey will kill again or be caught is resolved. Alyssa Bresnahan reads Susie's story so capably it sounds like her own. The Lovely Bones is on the best sellers lists, and the recording is excellent; buy it. Highly recommended for all audio collections.-Sandy Glover, West Linn P.L., OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
The Lovely Bones
Reading her breakout novel, Sebold?s even, unemotional voice is a good match for both the drab setting of a Midwest town enduring the 1970s and for her matter-of-fact writing, which manages to seem grounded even as the protagonist narrates from heaven after her brutal murder. Sebold doesn?t bother with voicing characters differently; the murdered girl, Susie Salmon, is the listener?s window into the world she was forced to leave behind, and Sebold uses a flat, deliberate voice that manages to sound both weary and wistful. Snatches of melancholy chamber music close each track and provide more explicit emotion. What Sebold?s voice lacks in stylistic flourish she makes up for with perfect pacing. In an introductory segment, Sebold recounts the novel?s genesis and mentions that part of her working process involves reading everything back to herself, which explains her expert rhythm. On the final disc, Sebold reads the first chapter of her 2007 novel, The Almost Moon. While Sebold?s fans will be eager for the chance to hear her read, the uninitiated may wish for a bit more passion in her presentation. A Back Bay Books paperback (Reviews, June 17, 2002). (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.