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 was born in Madison, Wisconsin. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where her father taught Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania. Sebold graduated from Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, in 1980. In the early hours of May 8, 1981, while a freshman at Syracuse University, she was raped while walking home through a park off campus. Her attacker dragged her into a tunnel and brutally sodomized her, urinated on her, and severely beat her. She reported the crime to the police, who took her statement and investigated, but could not identify any suspects.
Sebold returned home to Pennsylvania for several months before returning to Syracuse to finish her bachelor's degree and study writing. On October 5, 1981, while walking down a street near the Syracuse campus, she recognized her rapist. She notified police and testified against the rapist in court; he was convicted of rape and sodomy, and sentenced to eight to 25 years. Her attacker is out of prison now, but Sebold says she has not kept track of his whereabouts...
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