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When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing. In the hands of a brilliant novelist, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

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Sebolds mesmerizing and luminous first novel--a #1 national bestseller--builds a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, and even joy, following an unspeakable tragedy.

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Now in paperback: Alice Sebold's luminous first novel--one of the most celebrated literary debuts of recent seasons--that builds out of a family's grief the most hopeful and joyful of stories.

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lostinamusicalworld, November 23, 2010 (view all comments by lostinamusicalworld)
Susie Salmon is a normal fourteen year-old girl, until she meets a strange man in a corn field. She has a feeling that something is wrong, but does not leave. That would be impolite. He lures her underground into a “hangout.” Susie follows him, not knowing that she will not leave alive. Unable to escape or even scream, she is raped and killed. From the blood and earth, she rises to heaven. However, she will need to adjust to this new place. Here, she can have anything she wants, except her greatest desire: for her murderer to be dead and herself to be alive. Unable to let go, Susie watches life on earth continue without her. Her little sister grows up past her, her friends trade rumors about her death, and her family suffers. The police look for remains, unaware that they are in a safe in the local sink-hole. As time goes on, her father’s suspicion of their creepy neighbor, Mr. Harvey grows. He would do anything to assuage the death of his little girl, including trying to convince the police that Mr. Harvey is the culprit, when there is no evidence to prove this. Mr. Salmon’s rage and determination tears the already torn family farther apart.
Alice Sebold’s tale will steal your heart. You will feel empathy for Susie, and everybody involved in her death from the beginning. This story doesn’t skip a beat. The beginning will grab you, and pull you through the rest of the story. It will put you on the edge of your seat, make you cry, make you laugh, and make you see the joy through the tragedy. This book is for mature audiences, as there is sex and explicit language. This stunning novel is a must-read.
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Ashlyn, August 24, 2009 (view all comments by Ashlyn)
This book was hard to put down. The story is great and it kept the reader interested in the plot. I hope the movie is as good as the book!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316166683
Author:
Sebold, Alice
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Crimes against
Subject:
Teenage girls
Edition Description:
5., Neu Bearb.
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
Mass Market Paperbound
Language:
English
Pages:
372
Dimensions:
6.84x4.42x1.02 in. .41 lbs.

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Product details 372 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316166683 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Sebolds mesmerizing and luminous first novel--a #1 national bestseller--builds a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, and even joy, following an unspeakable tragedy.
"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback: Alice Sebold's luminous first novel--one of the most celebrated literary debuts of recent seasons--that builds out of a family's grief the most hopeful and joyful of stories.
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