Lucky

Lucky

Book - 1999
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Enormously visceral, emotionally gripping, and imbued with 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: someday she would write a book about her experience. With Lucky she delivers on that promise with 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 she sees her rapist on the street. This begins the long road to what dominates these pages: the struggle for triumph and understanding -- in the courtroom and outside in the world.
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 come to know what it means to survive.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1999
ISBN: 9780684857824
Branch Call Number: 364 .1532 SEB
Characteristics: 254 p. ;,22 cm

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debrahutton
Jul 28, 2014

I read this when it first came out and just finished rereading it. Lucky is every bit as good as I remembered it! Once you get past the horrific first 15 pages where she describes her rape the book becomes a monumental description of survival that would touch any reader. I highly recommend it to readers 14+ with the caveat that teen readers are made aware of the graphic nature of the book. As an adult I found myself weeping when she describes moments in her life.

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Gammaof2
Dec 01, 2013

I read this book in a day, it was that good! Ms. Sebold was raped as a freshman in college. She persevered, even returning to the same college for her sophomore year. I was angry and couldn't believe the privileges her attacker was granted pretrial, and during the Grand Jury. I was also angry that the DA didn't explain some procedures to Alice. But, she did win her case!! She struggled some after the case, including problems with drug abuse, but she came out on top! Way to go, Ms. Alice Sebold!!!

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BucketsOfCool
Aug 02, 2012

Heart-wrenching and amazing. This memoir is tragic, but hopeful. It is honest and well written. Such an amazing book.

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JudithE
Dec 04, 2011

(spoiler alert) Not only does this book tell the story of a brutal rape and how one woman dealt with it and the trial that came after, but it also shows how hard it is to deal with such an event in one's life, even if one has all possible resources available to help. This woman had a near-perfect case, was a superb witness, and her rapist was successfully prosecuted. She had a loving family, the support and admiration of the police and her lawyers, and friends. And she still spent time (she doesn't say how long, but it seems like a while) as a heroin addict. This is the sort of event that is truly difficult to live past.

i was a little native in the beginning i had not known this was her telling her life story, i hit the middle when i found out that this was real. I could never really imagened this to happen it was a shock but the stuff this women went through is unbelieveable. now i know this stuff can really happen. i love this book.

This is Alice Sebold's autobiography. The story is sad and hard to read but it's amazing that she went through all that and came out the incredible person that she is. I think it's very brave of her to tell her story so publicly and it raises awareness to girls and women out there about rape.

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charlliesweb
Oct 05, 2009

A hard read but real story that needs to be told

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

This book holds much similarity to her popular title--The Lovely Bones. The story of her past is a tough one but it is a good read. I recommend reading this after reading The Lovely Bones

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

brutal

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