The Lovely Bones

by

Alice Sebold

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The Snow Globe

In the novel’s prologue, Susie reflects on being very young and playing with a snow globe that belonged to her father Jack. A penguin sat inside the slow globe, and Susie recalls being sad…

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The Sinkhole

There is a sinkhole eight miles from Susie’s neighborhood, run by the Flanagan family, who make their living by charging people to dump old appliances and furniture into the hole. After raping, killing, and…

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Susie’s Photographs

Susie is an omniscient narrator, able to see not just the actions of her friends and family back on earth, but also to intuit their hopes, dreams, fears, and motivations. In her life on Earth…

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