Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Author: Alice Sebold
Format: 328 pgs paperback ARC
Characters: Susie Salmon, her family, Ray Singh, Mr. Harvey
Subject: unsolved murder
Setting: Pennsylvania 1973 and forward
Source: ARC from Hachette Book Group
A wonderful read. Since this book was first released in 2002, it has been on the best seller list for years, has sold over 2.3 million copies. Last summer, it was re-leased in a trade paperback format, leading up to the release of the motion picture just last week. I can't believe I haven't read it before now.
As you probably know, this is the story of a 14 year old girl, Susie Salmon, who is murdered, but whose body is not found. Susie narrates the story from heaven and shows us what her parents, her siblings, her schoolmates, the police,and the murderer are doing as everyone searches for her body.
NO SPOILERS. It's actually a beautiful story of sorrow, mourning, forgiving, starting over, loving, and growing up. . I was afraid it would be too goulish, but it's not. Susie's description of heaven won't please everyone, nor is it so out of the ordinary to be thrown aside by those who don't believe in an afterlife. Sebold gives us real human emotion in simple, flowing prose. I literally could not put this down. At 328 pages, it took just about 6 glorious hours. What a wonderful way to spend an evening.
Posted by Tina at 12:01 AM