This is a lovely read. Sebold's writing style in this book mimics how the human mind contemplates the things that it treasures and despises in an organic, seamless fashion. Told through the point of view of a teenager, the reader follows her journey from being tragically murdered to voyaging to heaven where she can continue to watch over earth as an omnipresent narrator. This book studies how events affect each other and how people deal with the worst of tragedies. Although this book certainly elicits strong emotions like anger and sadness, the beauty is in its realistic details and complex characters whose lives are connected in different ways. After reading this book, it is clear to me why it has been a best seller for so long.