The Picador Countdown. Number 5

Alice Sebold

Picador’s best sellers: Number 5. ‘Lovely Bones’ – Alice Sebold.

Like ‘Room’ (see earlier blog) ‘Lovely Bones’  is based upon an awful situation but is neither mawkish nor prurient. It is painfully funny and terribly sad.

Fourteen year old Susie Salmon has been brutally murdered and is now in heaven intensely watching her grieving family and friends as they grapple with their new reality of life and the tensions between themselves.  This is an extraordinary novel made all the more so by being Sebold’s first. In particular in Susie’s father Sebold has created a wonderfully loving and sympathetic character. As with ‘Room’ it was a great favourite of book clubs.

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