In a memoir hailed for its searing candor 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 - as...
This book is about a girl named Alice who was in college. She was raped in a park close to her dorm on her way home. She was a virgin so it was more brutal than ever. After she reported to the police they said she was lucky because a girl had been killed there before. She went home before her...
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This book is about a girl named Alice who was in college. She was raped in a park close to her dorm on her way home. She was a virgin so it was more brutal than ever. After she reported to the police they said she was lucky because a girl had been killed there before. She went home before her next semester to hopefully recover. They never found her attacker, but when she went back to school she saw her rapist walking down the sidewalk as a free man. When he approached her he said he knew her from somewhere and just smiled at her. She called the police and they arrested him. Her professor Mr. Tess Gallagher was a very nice friend to her he also went to most of her hearings with her. She had to pick out her attacker in a line up but picked the wrong one because he brought a friend that looked just like him to make her be confused. They finally got the right one and he was convicted of the rape. After awhile Alices roomate ws also raped, but oddly there was no connection between the two attacks. I like this book, it is very inspiring to do what will make you feel right with yourself again.
Marc: one of the guys Sebold tries to date after returning to Syracuse University after her rape trial
Bill Mastine: the lawyer that takes over for Uebelhoer after she becomes pregnant and is unable to continue as head lawyer
Tricia: a representative for the Rape Crisis Center; Sebold doesn't trust her
Tess Gallagher: a poet / professor who teaches a few of the classes Sebold takes; also becomes a supportive friend to Sebold during rape trial
Tobias Wolff: another poet / professor who teaches a class Sebold attends
Myra Narbonne: the woman Sebold describes as "my favorite old lady"; Myra and husband Ed are hurt during a robbery in their home - the incident places a commonality of violence and trauma between Myra and Sebold, something Sebold has difficulty finding in most of her acquaintances
Tom McAllister: a neighborhood acquaintance / friend of Sebold's, his mother was also a victim of rape
Paul Brueninger: the troubled son of Father Brueninger, the Sebold family pastor
Diane, Cindy, Tree, Victor: college friends of Sebold's; Victor is Diane and unjustly feels ashamed around Sebold because he is African-American, like Sebold's rapist is
“" I share my life with my rapist. He is the husband to my fate"”
“" We are all prisoners but some of us are in cells with windows and some without."”
“"Try, if you,can to remember everything."”
“"Poetry is not an attitude. It is hard work."”
“"It made me realize that in the Sebold house, love was duty. Hekissedher on the forehead, the kind the would fulfiil the demand of his child but nothing else."”
“"In the tunnel where I was raped, a tunnel that was once and underground entry to an ampitheater, 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." (Carley)”
““I live in a world where the two truths, coexist; where both hell and hope lie in the palm of my hand.” (Carley)”
“"I forgive you," I said. I said what I had to. I would die by pieces to save myself from real death." (Carley)”
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