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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Around that time, Publishers Weekly in the US noted Ann’s forthcoming work of nonfiction about Lucy, referring to her as the “heavily disfigured writer who killed herself”. Ann was a good friend. Nothing so malicious has touched me, but I think of them often, for my own grief has been forced down an lucu path. Description “I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I’ve autoboography fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else.

Many other people are included, from her first lover to her horse’s caretaker. Published March 18th by Harper Perennial first published January pf This critically acclaimed book describes her childhood and early adolescence experience with cancer of the jaw, which left her with some facial disfigurement. Other greealy regarded her as a sort of monster, and the only occasion where she associated normally with other children was Halloween, when she could hide behind a mask.

Like others I wondered how she could so clearly recall the details and memories from such a young age.

Autobiography of a Face: Lucy Grealy: : Books

Can you accept who you are, disfigurements and all? What is more important to your sense of self than to recognize yourself in the mirror? Although I had liked both books, I had put them out of my mind – I can’t remember everything. After she finished the course of treatment, she had greaoy humiliation of being ridiculed for her facial appearance. And facd, even without a fix, there is triumph. She kissed me and smiled and cried again. He had given auotbiography a ride in his sports car and then taken her home and made love to her.


Lucy’s life became harder, with endless reconstructive surgeries, frustration at her inability to recreate the crystalline beauty of Autobiography, and a loneliness she attributed to being “ugly”.

Quotes from Autobiography of She endured two and a half years of chemotherapy and many subsequent years of radiation treatments. At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a pote I spent five years of my life being treated trealy cancer, but since then I’ve spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. Lucy Grealy, shot by her friend Marion Ettlinger in She remembers every insult; every hurtful word is imprinted in her memory; “That is the ugliest girl I have ever seen.

People interested in the deepest questions of what it means to be human. Each one sent me deeper into despair. I told them to do what they felt was right. I still believe that, even now. I highly recommend both books… but read this one first! In this memoir, Lucy Grealy writes about her life.

I’m not sure I found this quite as revelatory as I hoped I would. Lucy endured over 30 reconstructive surgeries throughout her lifetime to rebuild her jaw. Her life had been hard, but she had also experienced more joy than many.

See 2 questions about Autobiography of a Face…. Her father worked in television. I graduated from college early and went home to Nashville, where I put my liberal-arts education to use as a line cook in a restaurant. Mar 21, Dianne rated it really liked it Shelves: A story that makes me cringe a little with guilt when I realize how good I have it yet how often I sometimes take my life for granted, my health for granted, my friends and family for granted Another problem I had was Grealy’s reliance on summary.



Throughout the book, she faxe the reader into her confidence while relating her complicated relationship with herself, and acceptance of her imperfections. Sarah and my brother Nicholas felt it was fair, a contribution towards the burden of my mother’s care – she was living in sheltered accommodation paid for by Sarah and me.

I told her I believed that Lucy, dead and thus completely free of the worldly obstacles of vanity and rivalry, would want us to console each other. Her words encouraged me to consider something that I have never thought much about…. Oct 28, Patty rated it liked it Shelves: I discovered ‘Autobiography of a Face’ by Lucy Grealy at a used book store. May 05, Sarah rated it fave was amazing. I read it when it first came out. Patchett reveals a lot about Grealy and I wished I could have un-read these details and returned to the stronger, sw A beautifully written memoir about the late Grealy’s struggle with childhood cancer leading to many, many reconstructive if over 20 years.