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’m about to write a blog post about her at http: She explains the constant conflict she felt over wishing people would NOT stare at her face; and yet at the same time, longing for a face which people could look upon without her seeing their obvious feelings of pity and disgust. She had a habit of q herself into my arms like a softball without any notice.

Aug 06, Jenni rated it liked it Shelves: She had cut off her hair so that we could see her face afce. Her death was a drug overdose, but it remains unclear whether or not it was a suicide. Storyshucker A blog full of humorous and poignant observations. Trying to bargain with God was one of the devices Lucy adopted to make her suffering bearable.

Lucy Grealy

View all 12 comments. She was shouting, but her voice was smaller than the tiny frame it came from. Of them, “Autobiography of a Face” is one of the ten or twenty that I’m pretty sure will stick with me forever.

She learns to work the system to get what she wants. 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. I was hungry for more of her work, and then once I found out a little bit about her story, I picked up her memoir. Lucy was diagnosed at age 9 with Ewing’s sarcoma. When I got home, I wrote and told Lucy that we would be roommates. Return to Book Page.


But lots of writers have looked into this simple but deceptively deep question. When she returned vace school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates. This is a book about identity. A family painting had disappeared from her room, along with many other belongings, and Sarah and I were sad about this. PS – I learned, after reading Autobiographythat Grealy, who had become a successful poet and writer, had suffered an autobiographu to heroine following her last reconstructive surgery and died of an overdose at age The surgery and chemo helped save her life but left facf with disfiguring scars.

It’s fascinating to see how life and memories are rewritten after the fact. On the whole, I am glad I read the book. In the spring ofAnn was working, writing and living in what she described to me as “the Lucy factory”.

Nov 11, Alexis rated it liked it. At first I believed that this was as it should be. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life.

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Friends of hers, not including Ann, had already been there. 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.

She seemed to have virtually no relatedness with others, which seemed unsettling at times and really very sad. She thought that people stared at her because she had lost her hair due to chemotherapy, not because of the autobiohraphy of her face.

Yes, she zutobiography a cancer survivor, and she was treated horribly by her peers growing up. During the period that Lucy was in autobiobraphy high school the chemo and radiation treatments were successful in eradicating the cancer, but the after effects left her with a mutilated face that was to be her curse for the rest of her life. I felt, without being able to express it, that it was somehow indecent to risk laying my family bare for the sake of Ann’s personal expression of grief.


It will also tell you how to induce pneumonia by inhaling your vomit.

Dante reincarnated as a nine year old girl. View all 4 comments. There is a bit of distance here between the author and her emotions, xutobiography with such an intense, long-lasting trauma, a bit of distance may have been the only way fxce Grealy could have written her tale. 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.

I only remember that I walked through the door and it was there, huge and permanent and first.

Autobiography of a Face

And the support she received from her parents was anything but helpful. Notify me aitobiography new comments via email. Exquisite memoir by poet and novelist Lucy Grealy. This is a must read for anyone and everyone.

In this memoir, Lucy Grealy writes about her life.

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The brutal toll that the damage and subsequent reconstructive surgeries took on her face and psyche is the focus of the book, which covers the time between her diagnosis and early adulthood.

It never occurred to me to tell her no. Ann appeared to believe that after the success of Bel Canto, critics would judge her less harshly for a work of nonfiction. But I was grieving, and innocent of the implications.

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