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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It’s Not Just a B Recommended to John by: Why is that memory so elusive? She endured two and a half years of chemotherapy and many subsequent years of radiation treatments.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Why is it that Lucy almost entirely omits Sarah from the book?

Lucy Grealy

Lucy endured over 30 reconstructive surgeries throughout her lifetime to rebuild her jaw. The same applies to wealth, which, per se, is meaningless, but stands in for other things, desirability, power, freedom.

She doesn’t engage with her own doubt.

Read for my book club it received 3, 3. I had moved to London while they were still at college together.


Particularly in the final rather rushed quarter of the book, I felt she was phoning in the events and the emotional aspects were a bit less convincing. Menu Skip to content.

Among living writers who deal with this question, the cognitive scientist and computer scientist and linguist and philosopher of language Douglas Hofstadter is my personal favorite. I want to go back to the stoicism. The Science Geek Astronomy, space and space travel for the non scientist. She was able to offer up the deepest part of herself over and over again to people she liked, and in return, we were willing to do anything for her.

There was never such a little back, and I felt it heave and sob. The books reads a little bit untrue without more of it. I would sit on the edge and smoke cigarettes and we would talk about our bodies. She mentioned film rights.

Autobiography of a Face

It felt very genuine. Lucy had a genius for friendship. During years of reconstructive surgery Lucy evolved complex rationalizations to give meaning to her suffering. Jun 25, Kristine fezabel rated it it was ok Shelves: She did an excellent job of developing these shifts in perspective over time without summarizing it or spelling it out overmuch. During the period that Lucy was in junior high school the chemo and radiation treatments were successful in autobiorgaphy the cancer, but the after effects left her with a mutilated face that was to be her curse for the rest of ggealy life.


Autobiography of a Face

Trivia About Autobiography of She seemed to have virtually no relatedness with others, which seemed unsettling at times and really very sad. Mar 21, Dianne rated it really liked aytobiography Shelves: Grealu was surprised that there was no mention of Patchett at all. I think it would have felt more real, and given the reader more of a tether as to what to feel.

I was grieving for her. Any Google search will fill you in on the details. She taught writing at Bennington College. 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.

The photo on the cover immediately caught my eye… it was startling!

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