Main Character(s)- The Salmon Family


Susie:
14 years old, plays soccer, was raped and murdered (looks down from heaven as story unfolds)
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Jack Salmon:
Father of Suzie Salmon, Knows in his heart who killed her, however he had no way to prove it.
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Abigail Salon:
Mother of Susie cannot properly cope with the death of her daughter so she begins to obsess over old hopes and dreams, resulting in an affair amongst other disastrous things.
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Lindsey Salmon:
13-year-old sister of Susie, ahs one of the hardest times of all the characters after the death of Suzie because all people see in Lindsey is her sister. She begins to feel invisible, yet totally exposed at the same time. Also not knowing how to cope and close to not knowing how to make others leave her alone she is tired of being nothing but “The dead girls sister!”
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Buckley Salmon:
4-year-old brother of Susie, some claim to see and talk to her after her death. Has a very hard time in the beginning understanding that his big sister was never coming home.
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The Killer:
George Harvey – Neighbor to the Salmons. Mr. Harvey, is suspected by Mr. Salmon and Susie’s dog (Holiday) the whole time, but there is no way that anyone can prove George was really the killer.
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Other Minor Characters:
Grandma Lynn, Ruth Connors, Ray Singh, Ruana Singh, Samuel Heckler, Hal Heckler, Len Fenerman, Clarissa, Holly, Franny, and Holiday
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Synopsis:
  • The lovely Bones – Alice Sebold is a 45-year-old author, who wrote “The Lovely Bones” drawing from her experience as a victim of rape at the age of 19. Her first book lucky, published in 1999, is a memoir of that horrific day in her life. Her last book, “The Almost Moon” was published in 2007, and has won a few awards for her literary works.

Alice Sebold Personal Response:
  • Personally, I find “The Lovely Bones” to be an extraordinary novel, as it shows family and life beyond tragedy. The whole story is strange yet comparable to real life – at least mine. Sebold’s style snows experience and understanding of the outside world, on a different level approach. Her wording and imagery is used to key and complete empathy for the characters as well as their pain.

Meaning of Title " The Lovely Bones"
  • The novel title is a quotation taken from the novels end, where Susie ponders her friends and family’s newfound strength after her death

Susie Salmon's closing remarks:
”These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections – sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent – that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it.
The events that my death brought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous lifeless body had been mine.”