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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 a€“ as she struggles for understanding (a€˜After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyesa€™); 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: a€˜You save yourself or you remain unsaved.a€™ a€˜A rueful, razor-sharp memoir . . . Sebold tells what ita€™s like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what ita€™s like a€“ slowly, bumpily, triumphantly a€“ to heala€™ Sarah Kerr, VogueI stepped back as far as I could, but staying near the fuse box, what I had come to do, seemed better than going farther ... where their responses to things seemed more natural than they did inside suburban homes scattered across the less lush anbsp;...

Author:Alice Sebold
Publisher:Pan Macmillan - 2009-09-30


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