Heaven Can't Wait

It's goofy humor, but then the author never lets us forget that Susie is a teenager. Initially she resents any affection her father shows to her grieving siblings and envies her sister Lindsey's first love. As much as Lindsey's life was destroyed by the murder, she can mutate and re-create herself as an adult in a Susie-less world. Over the course of the novel, Susie realizes that the architecture of her family has been irrevocably demolished by her death, but the living always find a way to build something new out of the wreckage.

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.

They've let go of her, and she emotionally matures enough to get on with her unlife.

Sebold writes from the lonely lawns of heaven to the internal purgatory of a serial killer.
photo: Jerry Bauer
Sebold writes from the lonely lawns of heaven to the internal purgatory of a serial killer.

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The Lovely Bones
By Alice Sebold
Little, Brown, 392 pp., $21.95
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Sebold's debut is a remarkably effervescent book in which we witness a young woman come of age, even though she will never grow up.


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