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Sebold, Alice (1963-)

Alice Sebold has written two novels with gripping and, for some, controversial first paragraphs.

'My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.' 

Sebold, Alice. The Lovely bones. Picador, 2009, p. 5.

'When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily.' 

Sebold, Alice. Lucky. Picador, 2002, p. 3.

Born in Madison, Wisconsin she grew up in Philadelphia and attended Syracuse University. Her life was completely transformed, when as an eighteen-year-old she was brutally beaten and raped in a tunnel near her college campus. Her recovery has been chronicled in her memoir Lucky.  When The Lovely Bones was published it became a bestseller, some even comparing its successful debut to Gone with the Wind.

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The Lovely Bones - GradeSaver

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Peter Jackson directed the movie adaptation of The Lovely Bones in 2009.

Further information on this production can be found at the Internet Movie Database.

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The Lovely Bones

  • What Remains a review of The Lovely Bones by Katherine Bouton, in the New York Times July 14, 2002

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