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Rebecca Mead: Alice Sebold, 17 October 2002

The Lovely Bones 
by Alice Sebold.
Picador, 328 pp., £12.99, September 2002, 0 330 48537 7
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... 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 ...

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