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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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Eventually, as she grows up, she finds solace and inspiration in the company of horses and other animals, and as a young adult, she cultivates an enriching inner life through reading, and later writing. Grealy opened my eyes up to another world where she had every right to let life beat her down yet she continued to find strength and confidence and continued to somehow pull herself back up, hold her head high and continue to face the unsurmountable challenges that each day delivered to her.

Diagnosed with cancer at the age of nine, Lucy spends most of her child and adult life in and out of hospitals battling the disease, and then reconstructing her face due to the aftermath of invasive treatments.

In fact, her protestations against whininess come off as, well, whiny. It did get better as she went; the insights became more felt, the persona more honest as she grappled with the mess inside. The aftereffects of the radiation treatment prevented skin grafts from being successful; they were simply reabsorbed.

It couldn’t have been easy.

Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy – Google Books

This critically acclaimed book autobiogrpahy her childhood and early adolescence experience with cancer of the autobiobraphy, which left her with some facial disfigurement. A beautifully written memoir about the late Grealy’s struggle with childhood cancer leading to many, many reconstructive surgeries over 20 years.

Friends of hers, not autobikgraphy Ann, had already been there. 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. Grealy, who endured many failed surgical attempts at facial reconstruction, became dependent on OxyContin and later on heroin. This was the defence I used to friends in New York.

I’m about to write a blog post about her at http: I’d have preferred her to work with a smaller publisher, one with less of a publicity machine than HarperCollins. The sadness that Lucy’s many other friends wrote about addressed only a tiny fraction of the tragedy my family had experienced.

I played up to this expertly whenever I sensed a particularly orphan-sensitive audience. None of which was more than temporarily successful.

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. Ann was hugely patient with Lucy, who could be infuriatingly disorganised and irresponsible.

Her early persona is one of a young girl trying to keep her chin up, to appear strong, and to avoid whining.

Lucy Grealy – Wikipedia

She endured two and a half years of chemotherapy and many subsequent years of radiation treatments. Ann disagreed – she felt that Lucy would still be jealous of our developing friendship. Ann emailed a document for greealy signature, a family permission to use Lucy’s letters.

Any Google search will fill you in on the details. Trivia About Autobiography of Aytobiography death was a drug overdose, but it remains unclear whether or not it was a suicide. And somehow I transformed that blanket into a tent, beneath which I almost happily set up camp.

Feb 13, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Among living writers who deal with this question, the cognitive scientist and computer scientist and linguist and philosopher of aa Douglas Hofstadter is my personal favorite.

When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates. The same applies to wealth, which, per se, is meaningless, but stands in for other things, desirability, power, freedom. 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 recommend this book because of its beautiful writing, however, and its insight into what it’s like to live life so visibly different from most people.

It gives me gooseflesh. By comparison relationships with others just seem dull. Each one sent me deeper into despair. I was struck by the moment she described wearing a mask on Halloween. It is an affecting story, not only for her ability to see herself, but also for the mirror she has held up to society.

But I was happy for Lucy. Had HarperCollins released such a coarse and incorrect press release?


Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Lucy endured over 30 reconstructive surgeries throughout her lifetime to rebuild her jaw.

Throughout the book, she takes the reader into her confidence while relating her complicated relationship with herself, and acceptance of her imperfections. Aug 09, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing.