"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."
So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on eath continue without her - her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling.
Out of unspeakable traged and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy
"A stunning achievement." -The New Yorker
"Deeply affecting. . . . A keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures and changes over time." -New York Times
"A triumphant novel. . . . It's a knockout." -Time
"Destined to become a classic in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird. . . . I loved it." -Anna Quindlen
"A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished." -Los Angeles Times
"The Lovely Bones seems to be saying there are more important things in life on earth than retribution. Like forgiveness, like love." -Chicago Tribune
Sebold fulfills a promise that she made to herself in the very tunnel where she was raped: someday she would write a book about her experience. With Lucky she delivers on that promise with mordant wit and an eye for life's absurdities, as she describes what she was like both as a young girl before the rape and how that rape changed but did not sink the woman she later became.
It is Alice's indomitable spirit that we come to know in these pages. The same young woman who sets her sights on becoming an Ethel Merman-style diva one day (despite her braces, bad complexion, and extra weight) encounters what is still thought of today as the crime from which no woman can ever really recover. In an account that is at once heartrending and hilarious, we see Alice's spirit prevail as she struggles to have a normal college experience in the aftermath of this harrowing, life-changing event.
No less gripping is the almost unbelievable role that coincidence plays in the unfolding of Sebold's narrative. Her case, placed in the inactive file, is miraculously opened again six months later when she sees her rapist on the street. This begins the long road to what dominates these pages: the struggle for triumph and understanding -- in the courtroom and outside in the world.
Lucky is, quite simply, a real-life thriller. In its literary style and narrative tension we never lose sight of why this life story is worth reading. At the end we are left standing in the wake of devastating violence, and, like the writer, we have come to know what it means to survive.
For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband and now grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined. Unfolding over the next twenty-four hours, this searing, fast-paced novel explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of devotion, and the line between love and hate. It is a challenging, moving, gripping story, written with the fluidity and strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page.
“Profundamente conmovedor... un retrato perspicaz del amor familiar y de cómo perdura y a la vez cambia con el pasar del tiempo”. –The New York Times
Cuando conocemos a Susie Salmon, sabemos que ya está en el cielo, en su nuevo hogar. Desde allí nos relata, con la inconfundible voz de una adolescente de catorce años, una historia tan inquietante como alentadora: la de su propio asesinato a manos de un vecino y el proceso de recuperación por el que pasarán sus seres queridos.
Tras su muerte, Susie contempla cómo la vida continúa sin ella; sus compañeros de colegio rumorean sobre su desaparición, su familia mantiene la ilusión de encontrarla con vida y el asesino se esfuerza en borrar las huellas del crimen. Los acontecimientos se suceden al tiempo que Susie se va adaptando a ese lugar llamado cielo, un refugio mágico donde encuentra consejeros que la ayudan a entender la muerte y amigos con los que convivir, un nuevo hogar donde halla todo lo que desea excepto lo más importante: reencontrarse con las personas a las que ama quienes todavía viven sobre la Tierra.
Desde mi cielo es una historia asombrosa y de extraordinaria ternura que parte de una de las pruebas más dolorosas a las que, desgraciadamente, a veces tenemos que enfrentarnos: la pérdida de un ser querido. Pero es también un relato lleno de esperanza, humor y el poder curativo del amor.