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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Her father worked in television. Why is it that Lucy almost entirely omits Sarah from the book?

Autobiography of a Face

During the period that Lucy was in junior 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’ve wanted to read this book since reading the magazine article that precipitated it in At 18, Grealy entered Sarah Lkcy College where she made her first real friends and nurtured her love of poetry. Autobiography of a Face.

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. But while she was tortured by her relationship with her face and talked about its being ugly, she had a real fondness for her body.


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! I am interested in writing memoir or ahtobiography least creative non-fiction so I was excited to read this book. Sep 21, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Autobiography of a Face is a powerful, unforgettable novel about overcoming bullying and showing people who you truly are.

View all 19 comments. I’m not sure I found this quite as revelatory as I hoped I would.

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It was agonizing to read about each surgery Lucy elected to undergo… she was wistfully hoping autobioography at the same time, trying NOT to hope each time the grafting of first, skin and then bone from one part of her body to her missing jaw bone would prove miraculous. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Jun 25, Kristine fezabel auhobiography it it was ok Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Autobiography of a Faceplease sign up.

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Always swollen and bruised. Perhaps it was too painful for the writer to do, but this approach distanced me from story.

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Beauty is a label that people lay across things that we want. My sister Lucy was a uniquely gifted writer. My sister Sarah and I have been travelling too ,ucy 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. Her honesty is frightening at times.


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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The taunts from her classmates and stares from strangers gealy a different sort of suffering. There is a bit of distance here between the author fxce her emotions, but with such an intense, long-lasting trauma, a bit of distance may have been the only way that Grealy could have written her tale. Buy the selected items together This item: Lucy Grealy was a poet, essayist, and autobiographer.

Given that Grealy has been dead for ten years and her memoir is 18 years old, it speaks well for her abilities as an author that the book is still oucy. 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.

At the funeral in New York, Ann read a beautiful piece she had written.

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