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Alice Sebold - The most significant turning point in the...

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The most significant turning point in the later parts of Lovely Bones is when Susie learns to accept the words given to her by Franny that the living will be able to move on once the dead can. This vital transition occurs near the end of the book when her father returns from the hospital to find the entire family present: “When my father's car pulled into the drive, I was beginning to wonder if this had been what I'd been waiting for, for my family to come home, not to me anymore but to one another with me gone” (page 316). It is not until page 318 that she fully understands Franny’s words this, saying, “When was it all right to let go not only of the dead but of the living -- to learn to accept?” Susie has finally come to this acceptance and it allows her to move on and, in turn, allows the Salmons to step away from the horrors of Susie’s murder and into the future. The growing bonds between the members of her family gives Susie the strength
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