This map plots the settings and references in The Lovely Bones

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Norristown, Pennsylvania

Norristown is situated 10km northwest of Philadelphia. Alice Sebold would have known it well, having grown up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. It is a typical small town which, in the novel, offers little opportunity for young people.

Norristown by Michael A. Bono and Jack Coll provides a wealth of information and vintage photographs tracing the history of the town, and a preview is available on Google books.

 

  

 

The map shows Norristown, and the Route 202 and Route 30 highways which are mentioned in the book. Also visible is the Valley Forge National Park, home to George Washington’s log cabin and the Washington Memorial Chapel, and a favoured hunting ground of George Harvey.