Despite having written only three books, two novels and an autobiography describing the brutal rape she suffered as a college student, Alice Sebold has already become well known for her dark view of life and her refusal to flinch from the truth, however harsh that truth may be. Her prose can be so brutal at times that some readers are unable to finish her work. A look at the reader-reviews posted on her books at Amazon.com reveals a wide variance of opinion, with some readers hating her books to the same degree that others love them.
I've read the two novels and enjoyed both of them, if one can be said to enjoy an Alice Sebold novel. Her books may be controversial and they may be upsetting to some, but they have much to offer and they are unforgettable.
- Here Alice Sebold is interviewed on the U.K.'s "The Book Show." -