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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Lucky for the author's courage
to describe what it was like to be raped and then to
describe how she was treated by the police.

An Abuse of Women Book
A True Story About Brutal Rape by the Rape Victim,
and the Brute Who Came Back for More!

Lucky
After Being Brutally Raped the Police Told Me I was Lucky!
By Alice Sebold

Lucky (1999) - 254 pages
Lucky at Amazon.com

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!

Enormously visceral, emotionally gripping, and imbued with belief that justice is possible even after the most horrific of crimes, Alice Sebold's compelling memoir of her rape at the age of eighteen is a story that takes hold of you and won't let go.

Sebold fulfills a promise that she made to herself in the very tunnel where she was raped: someday she would write a book about her experience. With Lucky she delivers on that promise with mordant wit and an eye for life's absurdities, as she describes what she was like both as a young girl before the rape and how that rape changed but did not sink the woman she later became.

It is Alice's indomitable spirit that we come to know in these pages. The same young woman who sets her sights on becoming an Ethel Merman-style diva one day (despite the braces, bad complexion, and extra weight) encounters what is still thought of today as the crime from which no woman can ever really recover. In an account that is once heartrending and hilarious, we see Alice's spirit prevail as she struggles to have a normal college experience in the aftermath of this harrowing, life-changing event.

No less gripping is the almost unbelievable role that coincidence plays in the unfolding of Sebold's narrative. Her case, placed in the inactive file, is miraculously opened again six months later when she sees the rapist on the street. This begins the long road to what dominates these pages: the struggle for triumph and understanding - in the courtroom and outside in the world.

Lucky is, quite simply, a real-life thriller. In its literary style and narrative tension we never lose sight of why this life story is worth reading. At he end we are left standing in the wake of devastating violence, and, like the writer, we have come to know what it means to survive.

Alice Sebold is a graduate of Syracuse University, and she received her MFA at the University of California, Irvine. She has made her living as a teacher and has also written for The New York Times Magazine. She currently lives in southern California, where she is at work on her first novel.

(Webmaster's comment: A woman of astounding courage to write such a book.)

Alice Sebold's story is repeated over 500,000 times in American every year. There were 89,000 reported rapes in America in 2012, but only 16% of rapes in America are ever reported to the police according to the United Nations. There is a raping epidemic in America but no one dares to call it that. I wonder why!

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Lucky
After Being Brutally Raped the Police Told Me I was Lucky!
By Alice Sebold

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Lucky for the author's courage
to describe what it was like to be raped and then to
describe how she was treated by the police.