What is Susie's brothers name?

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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In this novel by Alice Sebold, Susie's brother's name is Buckley Salmon. He is the youngest child in the family. There is another sister named Lindsey. Buckley struggles to cope with his sister's death throughout the novel. When his alcoholic grandmother moves into his home to help his dad care for him and Lindsey after their mother runs off with another man, Buckley has further struggles. He struggles with his father later in the novel and the father (Jack) winds up having a heart attack. This prompts Buckely's mother, Abigail, to come home and help care for him and Lindsey, but Buckley remains bitter against her for leaving them in the first place.

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caseyridner7, the father DOES have a heart attack, and the mother DOES have an affair.  You must have only watched the movie, where that doesn't happen, in the book, it does.

His name is Buckley, and it does change to Buck as he gets older.

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buckley when he was little but changes it to buck

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dreamteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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Susie's brother's name is Buckley Salmon. Here is a brief character analysis:

Buckley was only four years-old when his sister was murdered and probably didn't fully understand the full concept of what was happening. However, he is being portrayed as  a very wise child who not only depends on his father and Lindsey (who suffers in silence and tries to take care of everybody else,) but watches over them as well. He sees and talks to Susie and he holds her in his heart just like everyone else. He builds a fort for her, he saves the little, old shoe from the Monopoly game because it was her favorite, and he plants a garden just for her. He hates his mother for a long time because she leaves him. But in the end, he is ready to accept what has happened in the past and let it go.

I hope this helps!!

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lbsumz | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) eNoter

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Buckley, but after he becomes older he is called Buck

when his mother calls him Buckley he gets angry and says he is Buck

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Sorry lynnebh, but you are wrong, the dad does NOT have a heart attack, he gets beat up by Lindsey's boyfriend because while Lindsey and her boyfriend are in the cornfield late at night, Susie's killer follows them and stalks them and on his way to the cornfield the dad see's the killer and also follows him there, but when the dad goes to confront the killer in the cornfield, he ends up mixing Lindsey up with the killer and tackles her to the ground and the boyfriend starts beating him not knowing it was her own father and while he is beating him, the killer is standing in the shadows watching it happen... And their mother does NOT run off with another man, what happens is, she can't take the stress of the dad breaking things and also, she can't deal with Susie's death properly... Not ONE TIME in the book did it say ANYTHING about her leaving for another man or leaving for affair or ANYTHING like that... So, please do not mislead people. Thanks!

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Sorry lynnebh, but you are wrong, the dad does NOT have a heart attack, he gets beat up by Lindsey's boyfriend because while Lindsey and her boyfriend are in the cornfield late at night, Susie's killer follows them and stalks them and on his way to the cornfield the dad see's the killer and also follows him there, but when the dad goes to confront the killer in the cornfield, he ends up mixing Lindsey up with the killer and tackles her to the ground and the boyfriend starts beating him not knowing it was her own father and while he is beating him, the killer is standing in the shadows watching it happen... And their mother does NOT run off with another man, what happens is, she can't take the stress of the dad breaking things and also, she can't deal with Susie's death properly... Not ONE TIME in the book did it say ANYTHING about her leaving for another man or leaving for affair or ANYTHING like that... So, please do not mislead people. Thanks!

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