Lucky by Alice Sebold

Lucky

By Alice Sebold

  • Release Date: 2009-09-22
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
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Description

The timeless, fearless, #1 New York Times bestselling memoir from the author of The Lovely Bones—a powerful account of her sexual assault at the age of eighteen and the harrowing trial that followed, now with a new afterword by the author.

In a memoir hailed for its searing candor, as well as its wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What ultimately propels this chronicle of sexual assault and its aftermath is Sebold’s indomitable spirit, as she fights to secure her rapist’s arrest and conviction and comes to terms with a relationship to the world that has forever changed. With over a million copies in print, Lucky has touched the lives of a generation of readers. Sebold illuminates the experience of trauma victims and imparts a wisdom profoundly hard-won: “You save yourself or you remain unsaved.” Now reissued with a new afterword by the author, her story remains as urgent as it was when it was first published eighteen years ago.

Reviews

  • Wonderful read!

    5
    By 579 Pete
    Outstanding story! I felt that I was living through Alice's pain and happiness. The words flowed and I couldn't put it down. As sad as her life became, she showed that there was life still worth to be lived. Very inspirational.
  • Powerful and haunting

    5
    By Missy4410
    A very raw account of rape. Powerful and beautifully written. Sebold never pulls any punches in any of her books. She made me cry and I am a better person for having read such an important, stunning experience.
  • LUCKY

    3
    By Ikes Mom
    The story is much better than the writing. It could be choppy and repetitive and flabby.
  • How Lucky?

    5
    By Lynn C. Tolson
    Lucky by Alice Sebold was published in 1999 and has hundreds of editorial and reader reviews. It is a seminal memoir on the subject of rape, giving permission to other victims to break their silence. The book is so important, it merits opinion eleven years later. The book begins with the terrifying experience of the author being raped. It’s graphic, it’s real, and it hurts to read. Alice was able to tell the events in a clear voice that could have gotten lost in the chaos of the long ordeal. A memoir about rape is a writing nightmare, yet Sebold creates enough connection between author and reader to generate compassion for the victim and rage at the perpetrator. Then, he apologized! Alice had few friends to run to, and relied on acquaintances and strangers to help her in the aftermath, which is ugly, painful, and infinite. Within the story, the reader will find exactly how a rape victims feels: “damaged goods, ruined.” Or from a different planet. Sebold examines her family dynamics as she tries to recover. It appears that each member of her family lives on a different planet, revolving around each other but never really making contact. Her mother has anxiety; her father is isolated; her sister is perfect. This sets Alice up for taking the journey alone while trying to maintain her sanity, a grade point average, and the court proceedings. The transcripts of the court proceedings are long and arduous. One can only imagine what it must have been like for Alice to be the witness in her rape trial, being put on the spot, with soiled underwear sworn into evidence. You’ll find clever comments by Sebold that help the reader grasp intonations of sarcasm and scorn from the perpetrator’s attorneys. Sebold was strong enough to survive when others would have folded. Alice admitted to a common result of sexual violence, which is using drugs to escape. She discovered that she has post-traumatic stress disorder. She does not sugar-coat the violence that is rape, the intimidation that is the criminal justice system, or the ironies of life that is stranger than any fiction. Review completed by Lynn C. Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story
  • Beautifully written

    5
    By Brittneync
    Raw and engrossing writing. I could not put this autobiography down. Must read!

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