The Lovely Bones | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 8 pages of analysis & critique of The Lovely Bones.
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SOURCE: Mead, Rebecca. “Immortally Cute.” London Review of Books 24, no. 20 (17 October 2002): 18.

In the following favorable review, Mead suggests that The Lovely Bones feeds America's appetite for horror.

Alice Sebold's first novel, The Lovely Bones, was on its 11th US printing by the end of the summer and was sitting at the top of the New York Times bestseller list, a place usually reserved for Michael Crichton or Tom Clancy. The book's success is a categorial surprise, since literary novels hardly ever reach a mass audience in America; but its subject-matter is so perfectly resonant with the tenor of the times that its appeal is transparent. The book concerns a crime that could not be more horrible, the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl; but its tone is joyful, its message comforting, and its metaphysics unimpeachable in a culture which prides itself on its piety while adhering to...

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