Lucky

That's right, another book review. I'm a fast reader. The other day I finished "Lucky," by Alice Sebold, author of "The Lovely Bones," a novel that I read a while back and liked.

"Lucky" is nonfiction — it's a memoir telling the story of Sebold's rape, which happened at the end of her freshman year at Syracuse. We begin as she is walking through the park where she was attacked, and the novel ends with some reflections and understanding gained from distance. She did a lot of research before writing this — she went back to the court transcripts and the statements collected by the police to reawaken her memories. 

She tells us everything — we are there with her during the attack, at the police station and the hospital, walking down the street in the fall when she comes face-to-face with her rapist, in the room during the police lineup, and in the courtroom as she testifies. We see some of what happens to her afterwards (drinking and drugs), including realizing that she has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder for years. This she realizes while reading a book called "Trauma and Recovery," in which an article she wrote about her rape is referenced — in the trauma half of the book.

Despite the subject, this was not as difficult to read as I had thought it would be. She is graphic in describing the attack, but it is very matter-of-fact. The narrative is, obviously, chronological, but she does occasionally interject some of the observations she gained with distance from the attack. 

I'm not sure what else to say about this one: Overall, I thought it was a well-written and compelling read, and I was amazed by the strength she drew upon as an 18- and 19-year-old during the immediate aftermath of the attack. If you've had this on your list, definitely pick it up.

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