The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
Time Quotes in The Lovely Bones
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
It was my first machine, my starter kit to becoming what I wanted to be. A wildlife photographer. (3.42)
Susie's first machine, her camera, also becomes a time machine, or the pictures she takes become one. The photos she leaves behind reanimate things that happened long ago -- so long as they exist and there is someone to look at them.
"If you stop asking why you were killed instead of someone else, stop investigating the vacuum left by your loss, stop wondering what everyone left on Earth is feeling […], you can be free. (10.52)
Franny is a blunt intake counselor, if a bit mysterious. One point she's making: time is relative. The less Susie cares about her life on Earth, the further Earth and the memories are from her in space-time.