Monday, June 21, 2010
I've decided to go on a summer marathon reading binge reading many books (fiction and poetry) I've wanted to read but never have. I was at the library last week and found myself standing in front of the books on tape shelf coming face to face with the audio of Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. What to do? Is this a book I want to read considering I have a long list. I had read the glowing reviews of this book but also knew that it was about the brutal murder of fourteen year old Susie Salmon as she walked home from school and Susie's view of her murder and her family and their grief and transformation told to us from Susie's new home in heaven.
Recently in Massachusetts where I live, there was a murder ( Mortimer/ Stone murder). A father killed his wife, his mother-in-law and his two young children ages 2 and 4. The story was on the news. It was disturbing. I was not sure I could take reading a book where a family was torn apart by the murder of a young girl by someone she knew. Young children being killed was too much for me, but I reluctantly took the audio version telling myself I could turn it off or tune out the awful scenes if I had had enough. I took the audio home. There is something like ten CDs to listen to. Books on tape are now often CDs.
I am on disc 2 and still having a hard time listening to the story. The thing that keeps me going is Sebold's way of storytelling, of unfolding the story. I keep hearing moments that create a feeling of compassion in me and I want to hear more. I want to hear that the family is healed and Susie is okay. I wonder if and when the murderer will be caught. What will the parent's reaction be when they find out who killed their daughter? Will forgiveness be part of their journey? So I listen.
Read others opinions of the book under customer reviews.
Posted by Elizabeth at 6:40 AM