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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. HEALTH – Grealy’s cancer could be considered a main character since you see it grow throughout the memoir. It follows her, speaks to her and.

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Lucy underwent repeated stays in hospital and outpatient treatments with radiation brealy chemotherapy. According to Ann Patchett, Lucy underwent thirty-six surgeries. She wrote…” I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I’ve spent fifteen years being treated grrealy nothing other than looking different from everyone else.

Autobiography of a Face chronicles Lucy Grealy’s battle with the hrealy and psychological effects of Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancer that robbed her of much of her jaw. Ann was a far better “sister” to Lucy than I could ever have been, but we never met while Lucy was alive.

She says, “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.

Read for my book club it received 3, 3. Sep 02, Sandra rated it really liked it.

There were definite problems to face here, but to me they seemed entirely manageable: By comparison relationships with others just seem dull. A friend sent me a recommendation at this book autobikgraphy few minutes ago. But I was grieving, and innocent of the implications. The magazine had used a photograph of Lucy on the cover, and for a week Sarah, working in Manhattan, had to walk past a huge wall of these covers by the hrealy in the lobby of her building.

As if the cancer was not more than enough for one person to bear, Lucy also endured ‘care’ by a doctor who seemed completely disinterested in her care, often talking on the phone throughout his examination of her. This critically acclaimed book describes her childhood and early adolescence experience with cancer of the jaw, which left her with some facial disfigurement.


I felt that her level of honesty and insight was greater at some times than at other times. Lucy Grealy was a poet, essayist, and autobiographer.

Lucy was also a poet and this was evident in her writing. Welcome to my Journey wandering, wondering, pondering. She also doesn’t seem to understand what poverty is when she has health insurance and all these operations and her family can still autobiograpphy to keep a horse, but for the most part I found her story very engrossing and not at all pitiful.

She focuses on things like trying not to cry at chemotherapy. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy in my life.

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

My husband said he could gauge my mood by whether he found the photograph hanging on the wall or hidden behind the chest of drawers in the spare room.

The same applies to wealth, which, per se, is meaningless, but stands in for other things, desirability, power, freedom. She said that ultimately it is about our identities: I knew that Lucy, stripped down to the essence autoviography sister and daughter, would want us to be happy together.

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X felt sorry for Ann then, because I knew how much she had done for my sister. Oddly, while Lucy and I had spent hundreds of hours discussing the failings of our confused childhood, we skated quickly over the thin ice that might expose us to a truth – grdaly Lucy’s illness had affected us all. I envied the precision of their grief. 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.

After completing the book, I listened to an interview with Lucy Grealy.

Lucy Grealy

There is even a chapter where she and a hospital friend sort of con a hospital volunteer into taking them to see the animal lab and get somewhat traumatized by seeing the vivisected and caged animals. Do you want to be more removed?


I told them to do what they felt was right. Are you your face? I learned, too, how easily readers would accept it as the only true vantage point. At first I believed that this was as it should be. In a interview with Charlie Rose conducted right before she rose to the height of her fame, Lucy states that she considers her book to be primarily about the issue of ‘identity. There aren’t many stories that shine a torchlight into your eyes so brightly that it takes you fifteen years to find the courage to pick up the book that came after.

The book is memorable and moving, offering an inside look at the girl, then woman, behind the face, sometimes behind the mask. I think in some ways it helps things but in other ways it may hurt her. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

If those passages on love, acceptance and her place in the world weren’t an example of wallowing in the sentimental, I don’t know what is. Her death was a drug overdose, but it remains unclear whether or not it was a suicide.

Despite the efforts of my sister Sarah and I to help her, she was becoming more frail, more sad, more alone. Aug 09, Elyse Walters rated it it was facw. I wished that Ann would not publish the book. I like an autobiography that feels as if I’m accompanying the author. Retrieved from ” https: It so happens that my wife used to own a children’s bookstore and facr subsequently been a “young adult” librarian.

PS – I learned, after reading Autobiographythat Grealy, who had become fae successful poet and writer, had suffered an addiction to heroine following her last reconstructive surgery and died of an overdose at age And maybe the absence of certain emotions makes them bigger in invisibility.

Feb 10, Wendy rated it it was ok.