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Lucky: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an 18-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; 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 a trauma victim even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: "You save yourself or you remain unsaved."

©1999 Alice Sebold, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A rueful, razor-sharp memoir...funnier than you'd think was possible...Sebold tells what it's like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it's like - slowly, boldly, triumphantly - to heal." (Vogue)
"Sebold's wit is as powerful as her searing candor." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Susan FRANKLIN, VA, United States 03-30-03
    Susan FRANKLIN, VA, United States 03-30-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Lucky: A Memoir"

    If you have read The Lovely Bones than you must read Lucky. Gut wrenching and insightful, Sebold doesn't pull any punches as she tells her own story.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Caitlin Farley 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Rape memoir"

    This is a beautifully told story about a rape from the first person perspective. Violent, honest and brave.

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    kathleen 02-23-16
    kathleen 02-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "how can one critique the truth?"

    I read The Lovely Bones first which was a poignant unique version. This is reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    brenda 08-12-15
    brenda 08-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great tragic story"

    The story was very well written the author gives great detail. However some parts in the book I found it to have to much detail.

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    Emily 07-16-15
    Emily 07-16-15
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    "Alice Sebold, an amazing strong woman and writer"

    This memoir moved me I never wanted it to end. This book with worth the read!

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    JirT22 05-03-15
    JirT22 05-03-15
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    "I finally feel understod"

    Anyone who has been raped, or sexually abused, will identify with her story. Her matter -of-fact narration actually enhances the horror; the juxtaposition of emotionless description of the events to the actual events left me shaking.

    Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. Aftermath is worth a deeper dive, into how and why the mind sets us on a path of self destruction after someone external, like a rapist, destroys our life as we know it to that point.

    Bravo!

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    Karen L. Nelson 04-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unbelievably brave and honest"

    The perps get limited prison sentences while the victims get life. That's when the perps get anything at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rochelle 04-18-14
    Rochelle 04-18-14
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    "A frank account of rape"

    I had to pause to come up for breath several times in the first few minutes of this book. But once started there was no way to put it down. I have a great deal of respect for Alice Sebold for being able to share this part of her story in such a frank manner.

    Despite having described what happened to her many times to officials and friends the immediacy is replicated here in such a way that it winds you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 10-31-13
    Susan 10-31-13

    This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.

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    "Good story about a Bad Subjece"

    I really enjoyed this book. It seemed that the rape would ruin everything and it almost did. But her life went on and she overcame it, until she sees her rapist years later. I like the way the story was written. It was an easy read and not too depressing. There is a lot of hope and growth in this story, but I didn't like the way the ending was a "statement" about rape recovery. The whole story was about recovery, the over the top viewpoint went from a good story to a lesson.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 02-15-13
    Simone 02-15-13 Member Since 2016

    Follow me on Goodreads too!

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    "Interesting and Sad"

    I got this book after reading “Lovely Bones” and “Almost Moon” without knowing what it was about. I figure since I liked those two I’d like this one; I did not realise at the time it was a memoir. (Obviously, I did not pay close attention to the title!!)

    It was interesting and sad to read about her tragic experiences and I can see how writing the book must have been very cathartic! It’s not easy to read about someone being raped, it’s rough territory, so I wouldn’t recommend it to someone looking for a lite-read… (but then again, her other books aren’t that lite either so I supposed you would know that already!)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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