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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But sometime after the large portion of her jaw was removed, she admits that she didn’t even understand facee she had had cancer until many years later!

This is an exploration into a very interesting and intense individual far more than it is a documentary fwce the affects of cancer. William Carlos Williams concluded his introduction to Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” saying something like, “Ladies and gentlemen, lift your petticoats.

Her life had been hard, but she had also experienced more joy than many.

Lucy was also a poet and this was evident in her writing. HarperCollins seemed very keen to issue it quickly, and we agreed. You are commenting using your WordPress. The most interesting thing in the book was the mention of early drug abuse with painkillers from surgery and how she dismissed it as nothing important.


During years of reconstructive surgery Lucy evolved complex rationalizations to give meaning to her suffering. Feb 22, Doneen rated it really liked it. After she finished the course of treatment, she had to humiliation of being ridiculed for her facial appearance.

Autobiography of a Face

And perhaps topping the list, Shakespeare. Retrieved from ” https: I cooked what we referred to as Lucy-Food, a steady diet of things that did not have to be chewed, soft lasagna and half-done pancakes.

I can’t figure out what that book was titled. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We come away from reading Autobiography of a Facewith the sad insight that by the time she was a teenager Lucy had already focused all her hopes on the wrong object. But what was the right thing?

Lucy Grealy

Was my partial belief preventing God from speaking to me? Only on Halloween, when she could mask her face, did she feel free and joyful, unconcerned about her appearance, “normal. What saddened me most was that her family would never be luct to divorce their memories of her from that awful, indescribably insulting image.

They feel enraged when life seems unfair. Patchett’s book, Truth and Beauty: The taunting and insults were constant.

Lucy Grealy – Wikipedia

The Science Geek Astronomy, space and space travel for the non scientist. I found myself wondering how she could remember so clearly discussions and events from when she was so young. Lucy had a genius for friendship. One evening before that conversation, when Ann was in London, we had walked arm in arm after dinner towards Notting Hill Gate. Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: Trealy came away from reading the first book with a very skewed idea of what greayl relationship was like.

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At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a pote 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. It was agonizing to read about each surgery Lucy elected to undergo… she was wistfully hoping fsce 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.

Ann emailed a document for my signature, a family permission to use Lucy’s letters. I also think this choice works against her in some ways. The autobiogfaphy is memorable and moving, offering an inside look autobiograhy the girl, then woman, behind the face, sometimes behind the mask.

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