Author: Alice Sebold

Title: Lucky

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 1999

Number of Pages: 246

Geographical Setting: Syracuse, New York

Time Period: 1981

Series: Not Applicable

Plot Summary: A memoir by author, Alice Sebold, that chronicles the violent rape and subsequent trial she experienced as a college freshmen in Syracuse, New York. An honest, detailed account of how the violent crime affected Sebold’s life and relationships with her family, friends, and community. After most other students at her small university learn of her attack, Sebold struggles to keep friendships and relate to others. Tragically, her closest confidant ends their friendship after randomly experiencing a similar crime. Although Sebold successfully identifies and testifies against her attacker, she reveals that the brutal crime had lasting negative effects on her life for years following the trial. Candidly written, some readers may struggle with the details of the attack and trial.

Subject Headings: Sebold, Alice; Rape victims – United States – Case studies; Post-traumatic stress disorder; Trials (Rape) – United States – Case Studies; Drug addicts; Drug addiction; Post-traumatic stress disorder in patients; Coping in women; Heroin addiction; Heroin addicts

Appeal: Deliberate, unhurried, uncomfortable, dark, closely observed, well-drawn characters, character-centered, tragic, accurate, detailed setting, candid, and descriptive

3 Terms That Best Describe This Book: Unhurried, tragic, and candid

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