Lucky, written by Alice Sebold

March 2004 book club selection - Reviewed by Lisa

‘Lucky’ is the second novel written by Alice Sebold. A disturbing recount of her freshman year at Syracuse University where she was brutally raped and left for dead. The book follows her from the rape scene, to the struggles she has afterwards all the way through the trial.

After reading "The Lucky Bones," I knew that Sebold could write a book that I couldn't put down. I didn’t expect it to be a book that opens with a brutal rape would be one. I was wrong, I read this book in 3 days and felt like I had gotten on a ride I couldn't get off. Sebold does not attempt to justify or explain anyone's actions, preferring to acknowledge that sometimes, there is no real answer to "Why?".

Type: Memoir, 272 pages, trade paperback
Reader guide: Yes
Recommend for book club: Yes

An acclaimed journalist shares the gripping story of her rape when she was a college freshman, achieving justice in the courtroom, and triumphing in the face of violence.

“Sharp-eyed and unsentimental….Despite its disturbing subject, Luck is exhilarating to read.” – Elle

“Gripping….eloquent…a powerful memoir.” – Joan Ullman, Clevelant Plan Dealer


  1. This is a book every young woman should read before going to college - for the sole purpose to be aware. When you are young you often feel invincible.

    We have read ‘The Lovely Bones’ and when ‘Lucky’ was published we were all excited to read Alice Sebold’s new memoir. A disturbing novel, I had to put the book down and walk away from the rape scene. Four years later, this novel has stayed with me.

  2. I found it hard to put this book down. It is very well written and has your attention from the first chapter.


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