Alice Sebold Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


Benson, Heidi. “Feeling the Horror in her Bones; Sebold Gives a Voice to Missing Girls.” San Francisco Chronicle (23 July 2002): D1.

Benson discusses the commercial success of The Lovely Bones and details the novel's origins.

Clarson, Jennifer. “A Dream Finally Realized.” Book (July/August 2002): 64-5.

Clarson details Sebold's literary goals and personal idiosyncrasies.

DeLint, Charles. Review of The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold. Fantasy & Science Fiction 104, no. 2 (February 2003): 29-30.

DeLint defends The Lovely Bones's popular appeal, considering it a superlative example of fantastical literature.

Grenier, Cynthia. “Novel Gods: A Pair of Bestsellers Roll Their Own Religion.” Weekly Standard 9, no. 2 (22 September 2003): 32-4.

Grenier compares The Lovely Bones to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, another bestseller, commenting on the absence of God in both novels.

Hensher, Philip. “An Eternity of Sweet Nothings.” Observer (11 August 2002): 16.

Hensher criticizes The Lovely Bones, claiming that, despite its readability, the novel is overly cute and mawkish.

Kakutani, Michiko. “The Power of Love Leaps the Great Divide of Death.” New York Times (18 June 2002): E1.

Kakutani provides a favorable review of The Lovely Bones, calling the novel “deeply affecting.”

Review of The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold. The New Yorker 78, no. 19 (15 July 2002): 87.

A favorable review of The Lovely Bones, calling the novel a “stunning achievement.”

Prose, Francine. “Comfort Cult: On the Honest Unloveliness of William Trevor's World.” Harper's Magazine 305, no. 1831 (December 2002): 76-81.

Provides a comparison of William Trevor's novel The Story of Lucy Gault with The Lovely Bones, criticizing the latter for offering only “facile reassurance and wholesome caring and sharing.”

Salij, Marta. “This Startling, Beautiful Novel Is Heaven Sent.” Detroit Free Press (30 June 2002): 4K.

Salij describes The Lovely Bones as “the most touching and yet bracing imagining of what the dead may have to say to the living.”

Additional coverage of Sebold's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 203; and Literature Resource Center.