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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I imagined how my life would be if I had half their fortune. In retrospect, we should have seen this coming, but we had no experience to judge him against. Mar 21, Dianne rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Description “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. Retrieved from ” https: My sister Sarah and I have been travelling too long in the land of grief, and we would like to come home, to prop our pictures on the mantelpiece and to get on with our lives. Was my partial belief preventing God from speaking to me? Capacity of imagination is the ability to escape from the painful present, elegance of imagination is the ability to use what apply what we imagine to our circumstances—that is the quality we use when we imagine ourselves into a character in fiction.

But I can’t recall ever reading anything has better reminded me of what it felt like to be 9 years old, 10 years old, 11, A Friendship, written after Grealy’s death, is a must-read counterpoint to Autobiography of a Face.

She endured two and a half years of chemotherapy and many subsequent years of radiation treatments. Autobiography of a Face chronicles Lucy Grealy’s battle with the physical and psychological effects of Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancer that robbed her of much of her jaw.


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. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. I would have liked to know about Greely as an adult. If she could not succeed at being beautiful, facially, she would become as smart as she could.

I found myself wondering how she could remember so clearly discussions and events from when she was so young. Her sisters behaved differently toward her: There were plenty of interesting scenes, but we were held back from them frequently, or we were told what they meant or stood for.

Lucy is very cerebral and she comes up with all kinds of mental gymnastics to avoid her situation. Nothing so malicious has touched me, but I think of them often, for my own grief has been forced down an unexpected path. She travels through Europe; and eventually, she gets accepted into the renowned Iowa Writer’s Workshop…. I was hoping for a memoir and instead, this is a book about cancer and medical intervention.

Autobiography of a Face

The World Through My Eyes. I was 21 years old and very strong. I’d had a framed photograph of Lucy for many years, which I loved.

Like “Europe” or “America”, it describes a place where anything might happen. Of them, “Autobiography of a Face” is one of the ten or twenty that I’m pretty sure will stick with me forever. She said that when our mutual friend Jonathan Wilks had first told her that I had gotten into Iowa, she was disappointed because she wanted to be the only Sarah Lawrence person to be admitted.

Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy – Google Books

The only word I can think of to describe it is honest. I watched this show almost every weekend. Patchett wrote about their friendship in Truth and Beauty: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Chemiotics II Lotsa stuff, basically scientific — molecular biology, organic chemistry, medicine neurologymath — and music. I stood at the threshold, not trealy sure about just walking in.


Lucj knew that Lucy was the poet.

This book, beautifully written, made me so sad, especially given that its author died tragically not even ten years after it was published, and her luxy didn’t get to be shared with readers through many more facs.

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

The problem I had with this scene and others like it is they struck me as disingenuous. Apr 18, John of Canada rated it it was amazing Shelves: Many of the reconstructive surgeries Lucy elected to have were a result of her longing to have a face which would allow her to feel as if she belonged.

One thing that Grealy does really well is capture how this shifts slowly as she gets older. Feb 13, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Perhaps it was too painful for the writer to do, but this fave distanced me from story. I was incapacitated with confusion. Friends of hers, not including Ann, had already been there.

Published March 18th by Harper Perennial first published January 1st licy A friend sent me a recommendation at this book a few minutes ago. She rushed past each day not looking, forcing herself to believe that having her dead twin’s face staring out at her was a good thing, because people had loved her. Like others I wondered how she could so clearly recall the details and memories from su 3. I told myself again and again how good I had it in comparison.

Ann emailed a document for my signature, a family permission to use Lucy’s letters. Looking back, I see that in her words.