With her bestselling, highly praised debut novel The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold seems to be an overnight success story. The truth is that her career -- and her life -- demonstrate what perseverance, determination, and, yes, talent, can achieve.
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Alice Sebold at Barnes & Noble.
Long Beach, California
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B.A., Syracuse University; studied poetry, University of Houston, 1984-85; M.F.A. in fiction, UC-Irvine, 1998
|The Almost Moon|
"When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily." So begins The Almost Moon, Alice Sebold's astonishing, brilliant, and daring new novel. For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband and now grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined. Unfolding over the next twenty-four hours, this searing, fast-paced novel explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers; the meaning of devotion; and the line between love and hate. It is a challenging, moving, gripping story, written with the fluidity and strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page.
|If Sebold Had a Book Club...|
|When asked by Barnes & Noble.com, "If you had a book club, what would it be reading, and why?" Sebold chose Starting Out in the Evening by Brian Morton. On her selection, Sebold notes, "I do think it is an extraordinary novel and the idea of having an older main character is always compelling for a book group, I think." Sebold also selected The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor and The Mirror by Lynn Freed as potential book club picks. |
|A Stunning Memoir||A Few Favorites from Sebold|
Now in paperback, Alice Sebold's 1999 account of her freshman year rape and its aftermath is a wrenching, clear-eyed examination of a brutal crime and the effort to bring its perpetrator to justice.
|Starting Out in the Evening|
When asked about her literary inspirations in a Q & A with viewers of Good Morning America, which selected The Lovely Bones for its "Read This!" book club, Sebold responded: "The fiction writer that I think is God is Henry James, though it took a long time for me to come to him and appreciate him." She also mentioned more recent favorites: Brian Morton's Starting Out in the Evening, Lynda Barry's Cruddy, and Erasure by Percival Everett.
|Photo by Jerry Bauer||