Before reading Autobiography of a Face, I’d only read one thing by Lucy Grealy. It was “The Country of Childhood” from her As Seen on TV. Lucinda Margaret Grealy (June 3, – December 18, ) was an Irish- American poet and memoirist who wrote Autobiography of a Face in Autobiography of a Face is a memoir written by award-winning poet Lucy Grealy. It describes her childhood struggles with jaw cancer and the resulting.

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Mariner Books; Reprint edition September 13, Language: Oddly, while Lucy and I had spent hundreds of hours discussing the failings of our confused childhood, dace skated quickly over the thin ice that might expose us to a truth – that Lucy’s illness had affected us all. I was surprised that it did not mention the New York magazine article, but referred to HarperCollins, her publisher.

When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates. Grealy, who endured many failed surgical attempts at facial reconstruction, became dependent on OxyContin and later on heroin. Patchett wrote about their friendship in Truth and Beauty: Are you your face?

Ann disagreed – she felt that Lucy would still be jealous of our developing friendship. It wasn’t until I picked up Patchett’s memoir that I realized Grealy had died. This is a book about identity.

This book says a lot about how our society reacts to “ugliness. Plato, not so much, but Aristotle, absolutely. Then you remark on how disappointed you are at the fact that she’s “letting the treatment bring you down”? Ot this lyrical and strikingly candid memoir, Grealy tells her story of great suffering and remarkable strength without sentimentality and with considerable wit.


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Sep 21, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 02, sydney rated it it was amazing. Grealy touches upon some of the more negative aspects of her ordeal, such as her need for attention and her tendency to blame all of her problems on her face, yet it is clear some of the tale is left untold.

It would define the rest of her life. Read reviews that mention lucy grealy autobiography of a face truth and beauty ann patchett ewing sarcoma beautifully written kindle version read this book twin sister well written young age reconstructive surgeries diagnosed with ewing survival rate recommend this book high school age of nine sarah lawrence patchett dedicated an entire book reading this book.

It could have grounded things and given the book another dimension. Different books are written at different levels of closeness and intimacy, and there are a lot of choices an author has to make to create that consistent level, or varying the distance over the arc of a story.

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In trying to make a point, someone had entirely altered the course of their grief. It was put down to the work of an inexperienced intern. Apr 14, Ciara rated it liked it Shelves: There was never such a little back, and I felt it heave and sob.

It was also at that time when boys started taking an interest in certain girls, while ignoring others. Lucy underwent repeated stays in hospital and outpatient treatments with luy and chemotherapy.

She wrote…” I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I’ve spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. Fce is an affecting story, not only for her ability to see herself, but also for the mirror she has held up to society.


I’m ready to read Truth and Beauty now though I hear her twin does not approve of Ann Pratchett’s telling of her sister’s story.

In her memoir, Autobiography of a FaceGrealy describes her life from the time of her diagnosis and how she weathered the cruelty of schoolmates and others, suffering fwce and endless stares from strangers.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Always “knowing” you are damaged goods; ugly and unlovable. The photo caught me, and the story pulled me in and ultimate While reading this book, I was reminded of something my daughter used to say when she was little and she came to me after one of her brothers or a friend hurt her feelings.

I had moved to London while they were still at college together.

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She doesn’t engage with her own autobiofraphy. At age nine Lucy undergoes several operations to remove a cancerous tumor in her jaw. It required the effort of always seeing them for themselves and not as I wished them to be, of always striving to see the truth of them.

There was also irritation, for much of the book was careless.