Saturday, January 02, 2010

2010 book 2

Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones
I hadn't read this since it first came out--since before this book blog even existed!--but the recent movie trailers made me want to reread it, since all I remembered was not liking the ghost sex scene (which still rang false--I just don't think the mechanics of it were explained enough in the context of Sebold's concept of the afterlife), and clearly there was a lot more to the story that I'd forgotten. And it turned out that I really liked all the parts I'd forgotten! Susie watching her family and friends react to her death, watching her sister experience all the things she never would, watching them all fall apart . . . powerful stuff, but profoundly sad stuff as well.

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