Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published February 9th 2013
Alice is lucky, or so the police say. Whilst she had only been raped in the park alley near her campus; raped, sodomised and brutally assaulted; another girl had been murdered and dismembered in that same location. In comparison, they said, she was lucky.
Lucky is an autobiographical account, a memoir, of Alice Sebold's life after she was viciously raped in a park near her university campus when she was just 18 years old. Alice had been a virgin, and this act of violence changed her life; the way she viewed people and the way she was perceived by others; forever. Lucky was first published in 1999 by Scribner and was republished in 2002 by Little, Brown and Company, associated with Back Bay Books and Hachette Book Group.
Lucky is harrowing, emotive and, at times, blunt. Sebold tells her coming-of-age story gone wrong in great detail, with no apologies as to how uncomfortable it might make the reader. But she is forgiven – after all, this is her story and she can tell it how she sees fit. Lucky begins with Alice being raped and the story, and Alice's character, develops from that point on. After the rape Alice sees herself as two selves; before and after; and she must learn what it means to be this 'new' Alice – how she now fits with friends, boys and even her own family.
The rape separates Alice from normality, when all she wants is to move forward with her life. Lucky tells how Alice went through the courts to put her attacker behind bars and how doing this was almost an all-consuming thing. Lucky by Alice Sebold is a strong and vivid memoir of life after trauma. It's a book that you might want to put down but cannot. This novel is recommended for adult readers.