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Alice Sebold

Alice Sebold was born on 6 September, 1963 in Madison, Wisconsin and is the author of three bestselling books – Lucky, The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon. She grew up in Philadelphia but was sexually assaulted while at university. The abuser was never found and this experience has informed and influenced so much of her writing.

She lived in Manhattan for 10 years and suffered various personal problems that saw her descent into abuse problems. Now living clean, The Lovely Bones was adapted into a film starring Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz. It was directed by Peter Jackson and featured music by Brian Eno.

Alice Sebold Books

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    The novel that spawned the successful motion picture, The Lovely Bones is a tale about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting. Our first look into the work of author Alice Sebold, this is a remarkable achievement for a debut novel - a haunting and thought provoking work of fiction that explores the afterlife in a fond and intriguing manner. A coming-of-age story, in which 14 year-old serial killer victim Susie Salmon looks back on the lives she left behind, this is a moving and powerful tale that leaves a real mark on all who read it.

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    With an introduction by Karen Thompson Walker The internationally bestselling novel that inspired the acclaimed film directed by Peter Jackson. My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. In heaven, Susie Salmon can have whatever she wishes for - except what she most wants, which is to be back with the people she loved on earth. In the wake of her murder, Susie watches as her happy suburban family is torn apart by grief; as her friends grow up, fall in love, and do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But as Susie will come to realize, even in death, life is not quite out of reach ...A luminous, astonishing novel about life and death, memory and forgetting, and finding light in the darkest places, Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones became an instant classic when it was first published in 2002. There are now over ten million copies in print.
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    A woman steps over the line into the unthinkable in this brilliant, powerful, and unforgettable new novel by the author of "The Lovely Bones and Lucky". Helen Knightly has spent a lifetime trying to win the love of a mother who had none to spare. And as this electrifying novel opens, she steps over a boundary she never dreamt she would even approach. But while her act is almost unconscious, it also seems like the fulfilment of a lifetime's buried desire.Over the next twenty-four hours, her life rushes in at her as she confronts the choices that have brought her to this crossroads. 'Sebold writes brilliantly ..."The Almost Moon" is a mature, salutary and timely novel' - Helen Dunmore, "The Times". 'Exhilarating, unforgettable ...This is a remarkable novel in which every word is vital, each nuance felt ...Candid, gut-wrenching, at times horribly funny and often beautifully touching ...The genius which guides "The Almost Moon" is its absolute, horrible, multiple truths; its staggering clarity' - Eileen Battersby, "Irish Times". 'As moving as it is unquestionably gripping' - "Observer".
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    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 ad beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold's indomitable spirit - as she struggles for understanding ("After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes"); 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: "You save yourself or you remain unsaved."