The Lovely Bones Book Report

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Title The novel's title stems from a line toward the end of the novel, in which Susie ponders her friends' and family's newfound strength after her death: 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 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 my life.[1] [edit] Synopsis On December 6, 1973, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, Susie…show more content…
Ray senses Susie's presence, and takes advantage of the fact he has Susie back with him for the time being. The two go to the back room in Hal Heckler's (the older brother of Lindsey's boyfriend Samuel) bike shop and make love, as Susie had longed to do after witnessing her sister and Samuel. Afterward, Susie returns to heaven. She moves on into the larger heaven, still watching earthbound events from time to time. Her sister gives birth to a daughter, Abigail Suzanne. She watches as Harvey dies in a fall down a snow-covered slope in New Hampshire. At the end of the novel her charm bracelet is found by a Norristown couple who know nothing of its significance, and Susie closes the story by wishing the reader "a long and happy life". [edit] Characters * Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old girl who is murdered in the first chapter, and narrates the novel from heaven. * Jack Salmon, her father, who works for an insurance agency in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. After Susie's death, he is consumed with guilt at having failed to save her. * Abigail Salmon, her mother, whose growing family frustratesd her youthful dreams. After her daughter's death, sick of her husband's preoccupation with the past, she has an affair with Detective Len

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