Alice Sebold and Ann Darby (interview date 17 June 2002)
SOURCE: Sebold, Alice, and Ann Darby. “PW Talks with Alice Sebold.” Publishers Weekly 249, no. 24 (17 June 2002): 41.
[In the following interview, Sebold discusses her narrative choices in The Lovely Bones and her plans for her next novel.]
[Darby]: Your memoir [Lucky] focused on rape—your brutal rape when you were a student at Syracuse University in 1981. Your novel, The Lovely Bones (reviewed on p. 40), is about a rape and murder. Was it a relief, or a horror, to re-imagine a rape?
[Sebold]: Oddly, it was a delight, because I loved my main character so much and I liked being with her. It was like...
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