Lucky: A Memoir

Lucky: A Memoir

by Alice Sebold
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Lucky: A Memoir by Alice Sebold

In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-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 ("After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes"); 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 trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: "You save yourself or you remain unsaved."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316096195
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 09/16/2002
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile: HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Alice Sebold is a graduate of Syracuse University, and she received her MFA at the University of California, Irvine. She has made her living as a teacher and has also written for The New York Times Magazine. She currently lives in southern California, where she is at work on her first novel.


Long Beach, California

Date of Birth:

September 6, 1963

Place of Birth:

Madison, Wisconsin


B.A., Syracuse University; studied poetry, University of Houston, 1984-85; M.F.A. in fiction, UC-Irvine, 1998

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theprodigiousreader More than 1 year ago
This book is both fascinating and disturbing. As Sebold details her rape vividly, the reader feels terrified, as if they are there with her. She then describes the pain, the fear, and the burden of being known to everyone as a rape victim. One part of the book that was especially intriguing was when Alice spotted the rapist walking the streets near her college. She notified the police and they took her to the station, where she was questioned about his appearance. One officer then took her and her friend Ken looking for the rapist. The officer was so angry about the rape he attacked three innocent African American boys while Ken whimpered next to her in the car. Though throughout the whole book she is trying to consistently appear strong, this is the point where she began to feel angry. She realized she was in the middle of it all, and somehow she didn't exist. She believed she was just a victim whose condition made people feel nervous, guilty, or incandescent. I liked this part because it was simple for me to relate to; I knew I'd feel exactly the same way if I were in the same situation. One part of Lucky I was not as fond of was when she first told her parents about the rape and her father couldn't understand how the rapist could have attacked her when he left the knife on the sidewalk while she was raped underneath a bridge. I felt like he was suggesting that she was willing and that it wasn't necessarily rape. I have to disagree, because it is obvious within the first chapter that it was against her will. Although she did not share the concrete details with her family, he should have at least given her his trust. I would recommend this book for a mature reader because the first chapter of the book is extremely graphic on her rape. It is unnerving in the most interesting way, and I was delighted to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the opening pages, Sebold tells the reader a truly horrifying story of her rape in accurate and quite graphic detail. And whilst horrified at what she has endured, you want to read more - to see how someone survives an attack like that, and what life is like for a rape victim in the hours, days and week afterwards. I couldn't put this book down - a combination of great writing and admiration for the author, made this a compelling read. Lucky is about Sebold's experience as rape survivor, her eventual court experience, and the sad aftermath of her first two years of college. It's no secret that I've been raped myself and am in litigation regarding it up to my neck so it was interesting to see my own reaction. It's a helpful book to read in regards to coming to terms and being honest regarding rape. It's very grounding. The one thing I really enjoyed about it was getting to know Sebold as a person, it truly helped contextualize the characterization and plot of The Lovely Bones. If you're planning to read TLB, I'd recommend giving Lucky a read first, or at least reading it down the line as I did, as the two books are connected despite their differences (ie fiction vs non-fiction). I recommend this book. It was difficult, and at times chilling to read, but worth every single word.
dramagirl95 More than 1 year ago
"Lucky" by Alice Sebold is the amazing tale of the battles and triumphs she endured after being the victim of a terrible crime. This book walks the reader through the crime itself, the emotions Alice was feeling, the trial, the way people treated her as news spread that she was a rape victim, and everything in between. Many people say that one decision can change the rest of your life and after reading this book, it seems no one knows this better than Alice. In just one year her life had been turned upside down. Though a reader will never truly understand what she was going through, this book gets you about as close as you can be. A reader immediately empathizes with Ms. Sebold and that feeling remains for the entirety of the novel. This novel does not only cover one year. It reflects on her past and stretches to more than ten years after the night of the crime. Despite the long time span covered in this book, it is still filled to the brim with details and extraordinary descriptions. When I first heard about this book I felt it was going to be beyond my maturity and geared specifically toward female adults, but now, having read it, I would easily recommend it to a vast majority of my friends and family. Though it is a very serious topic, Alice Sebold managed to weave humor into this novel very smoothly, making it a much easier book to read. All in all, “Lucky” is a very enlightening and enriching book that shows the good, the bad, and the ugly. I would highly recommend it to any adult and most high school students, based on maturity. It is a book I did not want to put down, even through the battles.
benthebull More than 1 year ago
Have you ever felt alone, scared, or not understood in a world of millions of people? This is a story of the brutal assault and rape of Alice Sebold; it gives an excellent insight to what a victim of this sort of crime would go through as they heal. The book is not for everyone because it is very detailed upon the rape in the first several pages. Throughout the book you realize just how realistic everything seems, if I closed my eyes I can picture everything that happen and replay it in my head almost as if I witnessed it happen. You get a visual image of what the victim would experience as they go through their recovery and trial. The author is ¿lucky¿ that her rapist is caught and sentenced to a maximum sentence for the crime.
Cheryl Norman More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, i could really feel the pain that she went through and how hard she was trying to help the other two!
Bevsbelles More than 1 year ago
This book was terrifying and heartbreaking and the fact that it is not fiction left me in awe of Ms. Sebold. Sexual assault is so often not talked about, this book reminds us of the person that the newly defined victim once was. A young innocent college girl who suddenly is reduced to 'Lucky'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucky is a book that once you start you cannot stop until it is finished. I would  recommend this book to mature readers who can handle graphic details of the rape encounter. Sebold made it through her life with this in her line of stories. We all have our stories to tell and to some we cannot tell them the way Sebold told hers. Throughout this book describes the pain, the fear, the hopelessness, and disgust of being the rape victim. She gains strength and desire to keep going but she also loses herself again after her friend is raped and leaves her. But in the end she comes back and starts over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One night near the end of Sebold’s freshman year at Syracuse University, Alice Sebold was raped while walking home through a park. She then swore that she would write a book about the event and did, Lucky, an account of the rape and the year that followed it. Six months after the rape, she spotted her attacker on the street in Syracuse, which sprouted the task of prosecuting him. Lucky is emotionally gripping and it shows that justice is possible even after time has gone by. Alice Sebold's memoir of her rape and the way they solved her case is extremely gripping and leaves the reader on edge wanting to know more about what happens next. Lucky is not just her perception on what happened, however, it also shows how crimes maneuver through the crime-solving process. Lucky shows that justice is possible and can be obtained, it shows how crimes are processed and solved and the steps it takes to complete the process.
xianluoepsom More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Alice Sebold told a terrible story from her life with great candor. I was moved. I was perhaps more moved because she was not overly dramatic, She laid it all out straight as it happened, from the rape to the drinking, drug use, and the trial. She adjusted and carried on. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book got off to an incredibly fast start. The opening chapters immediately discussed the brutulity and struggle that Alice went through in her rape. The fast-paced nature of the book made it interesting and made it hard to put down. The middle of the novel got a bit slow but the ending was shocking and made the read well worth while. I would recommend this book for those who have always wondered about a victim¿s life after the press and the spotlight is gone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Alice Sebold's novel The lovely Bones and loved it. It was beautifully written, truthful and gave me chills at parts. I was very excited to read this novel but was turned off already by the first chapter. She gives a very accurate and incredibly disturbing account of her rape. However, I kept reading. It started very exciting and eventful and then went down hill. The whole novel was very boring, the court procedure, although realistic wasn't at all entertaing. Don't waste ur time if you've read the lovely bones because you will be dissapointed.
osaka More than 1 year ago
Amazing Alice Sebold writes as if you were there with her.  I'm sure this book was hard for her to write.  I was rooting for her!  So glad the police caught the guy.  I'm sure this book will help other victims to persevere and to be brave. Too bad the justice system takes so long.   I've read all three of her books and find her to be an amazing writer. Waiting for her next book, keep writing Ms. Sebold.
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PLEASE... i like the sample
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Alex~ waits
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Where is part 6????
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Alright people, this is my first go at stories. After you read this piece of ero<_>tica tell me what you thought at cody result one.<p> "Mmm...oh<_>m on me baby..." John stopped. His face turned bright red. He had been casually walking through the nearby park, enjoying the scenery and stopping to pick up trash and throw it away every once in a while. He had been leaning down to pick up a nearby beer can when he heard it. The sounds of se<_>x. He knew it was se<_>x instantly. He<_>ll, his girlfriend Kenzie made those exact same sounds when he was fu<_>cking her last weekend. He started to turn back when, out of the corner of his eye, he saw not one, but two pairs of panties hanging from a tree in the same area as the two lovers. "No way..." he thought to himself. Slowly walking around, he hid behind a tree next to the couple. Then, he peeked his head out. What he saw amazed him and turned him on immediately. There sat Kenzie, pushed up against the tree. Her 43C sized ti<_>ts (he knew them well) bounced up and down, slapping her chest. He looked down at her pink, juicy cu<_>nt, which was dripping her cu<_>m all over the...purple di<_>ck?? Confusion, then realization dawned on his face as he followed the strange di<_>ck up and saw that Kenzie's fuc<_>ker was a girl. The strap-on slammed into her pus<_>sy, and Kenzie let out another moan of ecstacy. John let out a moan as his di<_>ck jumped, pushing against the fabric of its imprisonment. The other girl paused to stick a finger into Kenzie's pu<_>ssy, swirling it around, and then licking off her juices. John slowly unbuttoned his pants and pulled his boxer down. His monster di<_>ck sprang out of its cage and John stroked it softly and slowly, calming it down. He watched as Kenzie's org<_>asm slowly came to her. "Unh...unh...Unh...Uhh...UHH...Fu<_>ck yeah...oh sh<_>it...oh...Oh...OH...UNHHH...." Her cu<_>m squirted between the di<_>ck's thrusts and covered her lover's stomach. John gasped and pre cu<_>m shot out of the tip of his di<_>ck. Both girls gasped and turned their heads towards him. Kenzie got up and went over to where John was hiding. One look of his di<_>ck, still oozing a little pre cu<_>m, and she knew that he had seen it all. The other girl came over and laughed. Kenzie, blushing slightly and looking him straight in the eyes, pushed herself into his chest so that his di<_>ck went between her thighs. "Did you like what you saw?" She asked seductively. John was in shock. The other girl had taken off the strap on and walked behind him, caressing his shoulders. Kenzie pushed him down to the ground and climbed on top of him so that her cu<_>nt, still dripping from her org<_>asm, was practically in his mouth. The othe girl went between his legs and started kissing the tip of his di<_>ck.<p>For more, tell me how it was at cody result one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Nobody likes u"