From the View of Heaven
Alice Sebold is the author of several works of fiction and memoir, including Lucky, an account of her rape at the age of 18, The Lovely Bones, a work of fiction and The Almost Moon which begins with “killing my mother came easily.” This interview was conducted in 2002 when The Lovely Bones was first published and had been on the New York Times bestseller list for several months. It tells the story of 14-year-old Susie Salmon who is lured into a makeshift underground den and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer. The Lovely Bones unfolds from heaven where "life is a perpetual yesterday" and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the detective working on her case. As Sebold fashions it, everyone has his or her own version of heaven and this is hers. The Lovely Bones has now been turned into a film.