Alice Sebold (born September 6, 1963) is an American writer. She has published three books: Lucky (1999), The Lovely Bones (2002), and The Almost Moon (2007).
Sebold began writing the book that would become Lucky in New York, as a ten-page assignment for her class. In its first drafts, the book was a fictionalized version of her rape and its aftermath; while in graduate school, Sebold turned the book into a “misery memoir.” The book’s title came from a policeman who had told Sebold that she was lucky to be alive, since another young woman had been killed and dismembered in the same tunnel.
At age 33, Sebold then began writing a novel called Monsters, about the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl. The story was based on her realization that “within the suburban world of my upbringing there was as many strange stories as there were in the more romanticized parts of the world.” The novel eventually became The Lovely Bones. The New York Times observed that “Ms. Sebold [has] the ability to capture both the ordinary and the extraordinary, the banal and the horrific, in lyrical, unsentimental prose.”
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Her advice to writers is to get a dog, so that you can “have a relationship that’s nothing to do with words”.