Lucky has ratings and reviews. Matt said: This is what I remember. This is the first line in Lucky, Alice Sebold’s memoir of her rape and. In Lucky, 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. Alice Sebold knows all about arresting first lines. Her other book, Lucky, also goes straight for the jugular: “In the tunnel where I was raped.

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I had the exact same reaction after I read The Lovely Bones last year and I immediately went out to get Lucky, but the subject matter has kind of intimidated me. Ive been waiting to be in the right mind set to read this, but your review makes me think I’ll be ok reading it. So I might move it up in my tbr pile. I too quickly searched for other books written by Alice after finishing The Lovely Bones earlier this year.

I have added them to my TBR list but have yet to get them. Lucky is definitely on there. I enjoyed the review and look forward to reading it.

I love her writing style but could not bring myself to read Lucky. It felt too much like voyeurism. But I don’t know, she’s such a rare srbold, maybe I’ll read it. I don’t sebbold to hurt for her. This slice fiction, this is someone’s life. This is what disturbs me. I have seen the movie and look forward to reading the book.

Lucky looks like a very heart wrenching story that I will most likely have to read. The Lovely Bones is one of my all-time faves. I also read Lucky after reading TLB. Alice Sebold writes with a great deal of courage.

I liked The Almost Moon so much I bought it twice. What can I say? The flap copy sounded good and probably would have sounded familiar, if I hadn’t been sleepwalking through the bookstore. Home About Qlice Submissions Questions. She srbold a haunting and heartbreaking tale about a family and a girl putting their lives and afterlife back together after she was raped and murdered – a story that would make most people squeamish, yet it managed to become a bestseller.

I knew I had read more. So I did what most neurotic and obsessive readers do. I looked up Alice Sebold and ordered the other two books she’d published. That’s when I found LuckySebold’s memoir detailing her own rape in when she was a freshman at Syracuse University.

Enormously visceral, emotionally gripping and imbued lcky the belief that justice is possible even after the most horrific of crimes, Alice Sebold’s compelling memoir of her rape at the age of eighteen is a story that takes hold of you and won’t let go.


Sebold fulfills a promise that she made to herself in the very tunnel where she was raped: With Lucky she delivers on that promise wiht mordant wit and an eye for life’s absurdities, as she describes what she was like both as a young girl before the rape and how that rape changed but did not sink the woman she later became. It is Alice’s indomitable spirit that we come to know in these pages.

The same young woman who sets her sights on becoming an Ethel Merman-style diva one day despite her braces, bad complexion, and extra weight encounters what is still thought of today as the crime from which no woman can ever really recover. In an account that is at once heartrending and hilarious, we see Alice’s spirit prevail as she struggles to have a normal college experience in the aftermath of this harrowing, life-changing event.

No less gripping is the almost unbelievable role that coincidence plays in the unfolding of Sebold’s narrative. Her case, placed in the inactive file, is miraculously opened again six months later, when zlice sees her rapist on the street.

This begins the long road to what dominates these pages: Lucky is, quite simply, a real-life thriller. In its literary style and narrative tension we never lose sight of why this life story is worth reading.

At the end we are left standing in the wake of devastating violence, and, like the writer, we have meoir to know what it means to survive. In the tunnel where I was raped, a tunnel that was once an underground entry to an amphitheater, a place where actors burst forth from underneath the seats of a crowd, a girl had been murdered and dismembered. I was told this story by the police.

In comparison, they said, I was lucky. Memoirs are incredibly personal in nature, and as a result they speak differently to different readers. I have always been a fan of well written memoirs, and I have read quite a few which have left me spellbound and enthralled with another person’s life.

In my mind, the most successful ones are those that can make readers laugh out loud in between making their eyes well up with tears, all the while containing a certain reflective poignancy that can only make readers stop and pause. After telling the hard facts to anyone from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes. Often it is awe or admiration, sometimes it is repulsion, once or twice it has been fury hurled directly at me for reasons I remain unsure of.

Some men and lesbians see it as a turn-on or a mission, as if by sexualizing our relationships they can pull me back from the wreckage of that day. Of course, their best efforts are largely useless. No one can pull sebbold back from anywhere.


You save yourself, or you remain unsaved. Lucky now tops the list of one of my favorite memoirs.

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