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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  - tealightful - LibraryThing

What I liked most about this book, was Alice Sebold's realism. She was not your average [if there is such a thing] rape victim. It shattered her world, in ways that were not common. It changed her ... Read full review

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User Review  - KerryMarsh - LibraryThing

I read this after reading 'The Lovely Bones' and was unable to put it down until finished. It's not a long book so it didnt tie me up for days, but it was compelling. The emotion with which it was written was certainly felt. A very very thought provoking book. 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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