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The Lovely Bones

Spoiler Alert: Alice Sebold's Melting Convictions on Conviction

By Judey Kalchik Published 9 months ago 1 min read

Debut novel, published 21 years after her rape, punishes uncaught killer with death by icicle. Abrupt, unsatisfying twist, narrated by dead little girl: fictional frozen justice?

Reality is author's actual attacker is still at large; the wrongfully convicted man jailed for 18 years. Was novel's plot actually subconscious melting convictions?

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Judey Kalchik

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  • Mariann Carroll9 months ago

    This was very sad, no justice . Excellent story to critique 👌

  • Leslie Writes9 months ago

    Oh shoot! I saw the film, but I did not know the real life story. Well done!

  • Cendrine Marrouat9 months ago

    Well done, Judey!

  • Questions to ponder. Wrongful convictions are far too common. Interesting, thought-provoking mini-review.

  • Paul Stewart9 months ago

    Although I read Lucky and The Lovely Bones and thought they were bold, TLB ending was a bit of a cop-out after everything that came before...Love the idea of these mini critiques

  • Lana V Lynx9 months ago

    Interesting. I haven't read the book or seen the movie and now I don't know if I want to...

  • Jennifer Vasallo 9 months ago

    I love this book, but yes, you are right it was an incredibly unsatisfying ending

  • I'm with Sonia! I'll be trying my hand at a mini-critique or two.

  • Ashley Lima9 months ago

    Love this book and movie. So well done, Judey!

  • Sonia Heidi Unruh9 months ago

    Lead the way, Judey!

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