Friday, May 01, 2009

Lucky: A Memoir by Alice Sebold

Published in 1999. 246 pages.

This memoir by the author of The Lovely Bones was a powerful, compelling read.

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. [page 3]

There was power to be had in sharing my story. [page 73]

[My writing workshop instructor] knew ... that memory could save, that it had power, that it was often the only recourse of the powerless, the oppressed, or the brutalized. [page 106]



  1. I read this when it first came out, because I'd been a fan of The Lovely Bones. It was powerful stuff and the story has stayed with me for all these years.

  2. I read this book many years ago and I really liked it. To bad her newest book was a mess.