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Alice Sebold was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
It was while she was a student at Syracuse University in New York that she was raped - an experience that formed the basis of her 1999 memoir, Lucky, after a policeman told her she was "lucky" not to have been killed by her attacker.
After graduating from Syracuse University, Alice moved to Texas to study at the Houston University, however after failing to graduate she moved to Manhattan, where she started experimenting with heroin. Alice would later recall this dark period of her life, "I did a lot of things that I am not particularly proud of and that I can't believe that I did."
After 10 years in New York City, Alice relocated to California to work as a caretaker for an arts colony. She lived in a cabin (without electricity) in the middle of the woods, and spent most of her time writing. It was during this time that Alice enrolled at the University of Irvine and began writing Lucky, it was also during her time at Irvine that she met her future husband, the novelist Glen David Gold.
Alice is perhaps best known for the phenomenally successful The Lovely Bones, which was made into a film by Peter Jackson in 2009.
Book and writing awards
American Booksellers'Association Book of the Year Award (2003) (The Lovely Bones); Bram Stoker Award for First Novel (2002) (The Lovely Bones).