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Alice Sebold

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Alice Sebold

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Perspective and Narrator

The Lovely Bones is told from a first-person point of view. The narrator is Susie Salmon, a murder victim who observes Earth from her own personal heaven.


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold is written in the past tense.

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Susie's murder all but destroys her family. Yet slowly, her loved ones heal as she watches from heaven. Susie uses the phrase "the lovely bones" to describe what she sees on the day she realizes that the family has once again become a healthy and happy group. Like broken bones that have knitted together, the members of Susie's family have grown into a different—but beautiful—structure.


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