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Newcomer of the Year: Alice Sebold. (Ten Who Made It Big in 2002)

Magazine article Book

Newcomer of the Year: Alice Sebold. (Ten Who Made It Big in 2002)

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"People ask me about heaven a lot," says Alice Sebold, a bit weary of fielding metaphysical questions. When people identity her too closely with Susie Salmon, the protagonist of her phenomenally successful novel, The Lovely Bones, Sebold has to remind them she has no firsthand knowledge of heaven--the place from which Susie, a fourteen-year-old who has been raped and murdered, narrates the book. In a way, Sebold's novel gives voice to a woman whom the author never met but feels intimately connected to: the victim of a rapist who later brutally attacked Sebold. That 1981 attack on Sebold became the subject of her 1999 memoir of rape, Lucky. For the author, The Lovely Bones represents a drastic turnaround from a period of substance abuse in New York, and a piecemeal writing career in California, to the widely adored novelist she's become. (She has written two hundred pages of her next novel, which she hopes to complete in the next two or three years.) But the book--not only the bestselling first novel of 2002 but also the bestselling novel of the year --has had major reverberations around the country, too. …

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