In a memoir hailed for its searing candour 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.' 'A rueful, razor-sharp memoir ...Sebold tells what it's like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it's like - slowly, bumpily, triumphantly - to heal' Sarah Kerr, Vogue
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/12/2002
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9780330418362
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Review by mbatac
Heartbreaking, raw and unbelievably emotional. I thought the author did an amazing job of telling this story. It was real - no holds barred.
Review by wyvernfriend
Harrowing, involved, frightening and heartbreaking story of Alice's Rape and the fallout that happened afterwards. Her experince at her rape trial was harrowing reading and I can't imagine it was any better in person.Although it kind of glosses over some of her later experiences I'd say that it's been a long uphill battle to any real improvement.
Review by ablueidol
Gives hope to all rape victims by naming the pain and showing that recovery will happen and that justice is possible
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Review by Brandie
It was a hard book for me to read. I had to read it slowly because sometimes I just needed to stop and take a break.
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