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Lucinda Margaret Grealy (June 3, – December 18, ) was an Irish- American poet and memoirist who wrote Autobiography of a Face in 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. Washington Post Book World This powerful memoir is about the premium we put on beauty and on a woman’s face in particular. It took Lucy Grealy twenty years.

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Everyone knew that Lucy was the poet. She had had adventures that were, if not sexual, at least sexy. What if the face you saw in the mirror was one you could not bear to look at? But sometime after the large portion of her jaw was removed, she admits that she didn’t even understand that she had had cancer until many years later!

Lf Grealy herself stated, the subject of the book is I’m paraphrasingwhat is a self and how does one arrive at an understanding of what it is to be oneself?

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When paired with Truth and Beauty, I think the literary experience is amazing. The taunting and insults were constant. Her life was not all tragic, however; she also remembers moments of joy and humorous escapades.

This autobiography is very engaging and well written. She had a lack of physical modesty common to many people who had spent that much atobiography naked in hospitals. They feel enraged when life seems unfair. We all need a little wake up call every now and then to realize how insignificant our “problems” really are.

People interested in the deepest questions of what it means to be ov. Eventually, Grealy decided that she would become deep. I listened to Patchett read the audio version; she’s a great reader as well as writer. And perhaps topping the list, Shakespeare. It is also what a chaplain draws on to empathize with a patient.

I so wish that her dysfunctional parents had instilled and nurtured a deep-seated self-worth in Grealy, because it would have helped her cope with her peers’ reactions to her and would have helped her come out of her endless reconstructive surgeries with hope that wasn’t solely rooted in her appearance. Even if the book had sucked I probably would have given it three autobiogrqphy for autobiograaphy title alone.


I wasn’t surprised by the way she tossed it dismissively on to a chair, for she rarely showed interest, at least to me, in other people’s achievements. Lucy was also a poet and this was evident in her writing. It was basically about Lucy and told of her death from a heroin overdose at a young age.

Patchett reveals a lot about Grealy and I wished I could have un-read these details and returned to the stronger, sweeter version of herself that Grealy creates. We watched as the hills of Tennessee flattened out and the trees gave way to fields until finally we were driving on a tabletop covered in corn, the highway making a neat cut through the middle.

Her words encouraged me to consider something that I have never thought much about…. What wonder it was to have food and clothes and no one torturing me. A phrase about looking out the window above the kitchen sink of our childhood home in Spring Valley, New York, was like chancing upon a yellowing photograph of a place I had once loved. Finding him on those pages, singing or talking to our dogs, was like dreaming.

Memoir in Review: Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy | Emilia Judith Jordan

For whom was this suffocating grief I felt? There aren’t many stories that shine a torchlight into your eyes race brightly that it takes you fifteen years to find the courage to pick up the book that came after. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Sarah and I hugged her, trying, autobiogrphy we have both done all our lives, to protect her from her overwhelming despair. I noticed that the reading Ann gave at Lucy’s funeral and the piece in New York magazine shared similar phrases.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. Read for my book club it received 3, 3. She came home early most mornings looking rumpled and calm. The surgery and chemo helped save her life but left her with disfiguring scars.


Autobiography of a Face

I think I was most disappointed that she only mentioned her twin sister Sarah in passing. I was surprised that there was no mention of Patchett at all. I could not imagine being so honest about one’s body and self image. I have no criticisms to offer. Vividly portraying the pain of peer rejection and the guilty pleasures of wanting to be special, Grealy captures with unique insight what it is like as a child and young adult to be torn between two warring impulses: She tended to dwell on things, and that lead to unnecessarily long and detailed sections that could have been left out.

Two anchors had stabilized her existence throughout the misery: It could be said that the living with the deformity caused by the cancer and the surgeries were the hardest part. It wasn’t until I picked up Patchett’s memo About 20 years ago, I read an essay by Grealy in a book about women and their bodies.

Review quote This is a young woman s first book, the story of her own life, and both book and life are unforgettable.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I’m autobiographg sure I found this quite as revelatory as I hoped I would. I wished that Ann would not publish the book.

She doesn’t engage with her own doubt. Hoping to find a more holistic view to other aspects of life in the aftermath of her childhood experience left me disappointed. She kissed me and smiled and cried again. Open Preview See a Problem? Then one of the women in my book group showed up with Autobiography of a Face as her pick for this year. Lucy had loved that painting, however, and I was disturbed that someone would feel more entitled to such a connection with her past. I also think this choice works against her in some ways.