Essential Quotes by Character: Susie Salmon

Essential Passage 1: Chapter 1

My name is Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. In newspaper photos of missing girls from the seventies, most looked like me: white girls with mousy brown hair. This was before kids of all races and genders started appearing on milk cartons or in the daily mail. It was still back when people believed things like that didn’t happen.

In the opening paragraph of the novel, Susie Salmon introduces herself. She reveals that she was murdered at the age of fourteen in the early 1970s, a time of relative innocence. She is a typical white girl...

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Essential Quotes by Theme: Loss

Essential Passage 1: Chapter 7

...Lindsey and I loved the grave rubbings, particularly the one under which Nate and Buckley sat that afternoon.

Lindsey and I would lie down on the floor underneath it. I would pretend to be the knight that was pictured, and Holiday was the faithful dog curled up at his feet. Lindsey would be the wife he’d left behind. It always dissolved into giggles no matter how solemn the start. Lindsey would tell the dead knight that a wife had to move on, that she couldn’t be trapped for the rest of her life by a man who was frozen in time. I would act stormy and mad, but it never lasted. Eventually she would describe her new lover: the fat...

(The entire section is 1512 words.)