Alice Sebold

by Rachel Baker on September 10, 2008

Alice SeboldAlice Sebold (b. September 6, 1963 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an American novelist. She has published three books: Lucky (1999), The Lovely Bones (2002) and The Almost Moon (2007).

Sebold grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania in 1980. She then enrolled in Syracuse University.

While at UCI, Sebold began writing Lucky, a memoir of her rape. The police had told Sebold that she was lucky to be alive; not long before Sebold’s attack, another young woman had been killed and dismembered in the same tunnel. The story began while writing a ten-page assignment, though Sebold eventually wrote 40 pages for her class.

After Lucky, Sebold published the bestselling novel The Lovely Bones. The book is the story of a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered. She tells her story from her personalized Heaven looking down as her family tries to cope with her death and her killer escapes the police. While working on The Lovely Bones in 1995, Sebold met her husband Glen David Gold at UCI. He arrived late for one of his classes and could not remove his motorcycle helmet, and they began talking. They were married in November 2001.

In an interview conducted by Ann Darby of Publishers Weekly, Sebold said of The Lovely Bones: “I was motivated to write about violence because I believe it’s not unusual. I see it as just a part of life, and I think we get in trouble when we separate people who’ve experienced it from those who haven’t. Though it’s a horrible experience, it’s not as if violence hasn’t affected many of us.” The novel is being adapted into a 2009 film of the same name by Peter Jackson. Her novel is also considered one of the best books of the year it came out and she was interviewed by Charlie Rose around the same time of its publication.

Sebold’s second novel, The Almost Moon, continued what The New Yorker called “Sebold’s fixation on terror.” It begins: “When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily.”


Sebold won the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for Adult Fiction in 2003 and the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel in 2002. She was also nominated in the Novel category in that year.

Source: Wikipedia contributors, “Alice Sebold,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed September 10, 2008).
Image Source: David Shankbone, “Alice Sebold,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed September 10, 2008).

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