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Pan Macmillan, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages

In Lucky, a memoir hailed for its searing candour 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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One day short of the end of her freshman year at Syracuse University, Sebold was raped and beaten as she returned to her dorm. This story not only chronicles her recovery from the attack but also the ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Alice Sebold is the author of the bestselling novels The Lovely Bones, The Almost Moon, and the memoir Lucky. She lives in California.

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