Book Review – Lucky
Alice Sebold’s memoir, Lucky, is her true life account of being raped while a student at Syracuse University, the police investigation and ultimate conviction of her rapist. Sebold relates the impact her rape had on her family and friends, the support she received, the reactions of those around her, and how her rape changed other people’s perceptions of her.
Sebold grips the reader from the start with a harrowing description of the rape itself. It seems almost as if coming from a dysfunctional family background gave her the resilience and determination to see her rapist brought to justice. Rather bizarrely her father tells her that if either one of his daughters had to be raped it was better it was Alice rather than her more emotionally fragile older sister.
Although the book was first published in 1999 this autobiographical account is timeless in helping understand some of the dynamics of the long term impact of rape on the victim and those around her.
Lucky by Alice Sebold, 1999, ISBN0-684-85782-0