Book Club Kits
The Lovely Bones
by Sebold, Alice
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1. The book opens with the graphic description of Susie's rape and murder. Why do you think the author chose to start the book this way? How did the descriptions of Susie's experience make you feel about her? About Mr. Harvey?
2. Susie's death is traumatic for her family and friends. How do they come to terms with what has happened to her? How does their grief affect their relationships with each other?
3. Is your idea of heaven similar to the heaven Susie experiences? What does Sebold want readers to think about life after death?
4. Susie maintains a connection to life on Earth through Ruth. Why is their connection so strong?
5. What do you think of Mr. Harvey? Does Sebold's description of details about his past make him a sympathetic character, despite his actions?
6. At the end of the novel, Ray and Susie culminate their relationship (with Susie inhabiting Ruth's body.) What is the meaning of this for Ray? For Susie? For Ruth?
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