Lucky: A Memoir

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Little, Brown, Sep 16, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold's indomitable spirit-as she struggles for understanding ("After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes"); as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker's arrest and conviction. In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: "You save yourself or you remain unsaved."

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User Review  - Karen.s - Goodreads

This book is in no way easy to read. It starts out with a graphic account of 18 year old Alice Sebold's rape. I say account because it is mostly just facts, but that doesn't make it any easier to read ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lori Lesko - Goodreads

What happened to Alice Sebold shouldn't happen to anyone. That she survived her ordeal at all is miraculous, but that she found a voice with which to describe her experience with clarity, with ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Alice Sebold was born on September 6, 1963 in Madison, Wisconsin. She is an American novelist. She has published three books: Lucky (1999), The Lovely Bones (2002) and The Almost Moon (2007). Ms. Sebold attended college at Syracuse University. As a freshman there she was raped. Her first book, Lucky, is a memoir which tells the story of that event in her life and its aftermath. The incident changed her drastically and the theme of terror is prevalent in her writings. Following graduation from Syracuse, she went to the University of Houston for her graduate degree. She won the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for Adult Fiction in 2003 and the Bram Stoker Award for The Lovely Bones in 2002. Alice Sebold lives with her husband, the writer Glen David Gold, in Southern California.

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