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Lucky: A Memoir | [Alice Sebold]

Lucky: A Memoir

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. "A rueful, razor-sharp memoir," raves Vogue, "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."
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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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    Amazon Customer Bristol, TN 11-11-03
    Amazon Customer Bristol, TN 11-11-03 Member Since 2005

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    "A book that will make you think."

    Very insightful, painfully honest account. The author actually reading the story made it even more powerful.

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    Alice Enfield, CT, USA 10-15-05
    Alice Enfield, CT, USA 10-15-05
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    "Very good book - voice took some getting used to"

    This was a very interesting and intense book. Inspirational. It was exceptional how she was able to deal with everything. She does not sugar coat anything and admits her flaws and problems along the way. The only thing that kept me from giving this book 5 stars was the author's reading. While I do believe a biography or memoir is better when read by the author this one took some getting used to. Her monotonous tone was irritating in the beginning but it grows on you after a while and you get used to it. I would recommend this book, especially if you have read The Lovely Bones which I do believe is one of my favorite books.

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    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 10-06-05
    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 10-06-05
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    "A book I wish I hadn't bought!"

    I had a hard time staying interested in the book. I think that was, in part, because I found the narrator's(author's) voice annoying.
    I applaud Alice Sebold for her courage and determination, but she should not have narrated the book.

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    John Harwich, MA, USA 08-25-04
    John Harwich, MA, USA 08-25-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Good story - bad narrator"

    I think Alice Sebold has done a wonderful job of describing the events, thoughts, and feelings she experienced as a result of her rape. She's very insightful and wise beyond her years. But, as good a writer as she is, she does a disservice to her book by narrating it. Her voice is cold and monotonous and at times she cannot even read well. It was as if she didn't know what was coming at the end of the sentence sometimes. Anyway, her tone is very emotionless. I also read her book The Lovely Bones and I'd rather read her work than listen to her read it.

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