Lucky: A Memoir

Front Cover
Little, Brown, Sep 16, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
10 Reviews
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."

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
7
4 stars
1
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
0

Hard to describe

User Review  - armueller - Borders

First of all, the authors very forward and unflinching story is difficult to read. I think this is an excellent book for anyone to read, but especially young women. I found the book extremely ... Read full review

best book ive read

User Review  - sara.m - Borders

Alice tells about her stuggles with her rape and seems to hit a nerve in everyones heart. My heart turly sank when i read her story. Her inspiration and will to survive is amazing and it can teach anyone what they have to go through. She is a survivor and truly an amzing person! Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2002)

Alice Sebold was born in Madison, Wisconsin on September 6, 1963. She attended college at Syracuse University. She was raped as a freshman. Her first book, Lucky, is a memoir which tells the story of that event in her life and its aftermath. Following graduation from Syracuse, she went to the University of Houston for her graduate degree and received an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Her other books include The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon. She won the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for Adult Fiction in 2003 for The Lovely Bones and the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel in 2002. In 2009 a feature film was released of The Lovely Bones starring Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz.

Bibliographic information