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Pan Macmillan, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
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In 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 e" as she struggles for understanding (e~After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyese(tm)); 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: e~You save yourself or you remain unsaved.e(tm) e~A rueful, razor-sharp memoir . . . Sebold tells what ite(tm)s like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what ite(tm)s like e" slowly, bumpily, triumphantly e" to heale(tm) Sarah Kerr, Vogue

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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

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About the author (2002)

Alice Sebold is the author of the bestselling novels The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon, and the memoir Lucky. She lives in California with her husband, the writer Glen David Gold.

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