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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Especially in the early days of her cancer struggles, she writes a lot about loving and craving the attention from doctors and other people in the hospital.

It felt very genuine. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Your daughter is sitting in front of you having poison pumped directly into her body, and you chastise her for crying? Then add to it a severe facial disfigurement. I was shocked on two levels: A phrase about looking out the window above the kitchen sink of our childhood home in Spring Valley, New York, was like chancing upon a yellowing photograph of a place I had once loved.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. Why is there no mention of her breast augmentation surgery? Does anyone know, or remember, the title of the book written by Lucy’s best friend?

But then I thought, maybe this is what happens without that tether. And I also noticed how she never mentioned Ann Patchett in this book. Different books are written at different levels of closeness and intimacy, and there are a lot of choices an author has to make to create that consistent level, or varying the distance over the arc of a story.


The aftereffects of the radiation treatment prevented skin grafts from being successful; they were simply reabsorbed.

Even when she was alive, I found it difficult to read. Lucy wanted to become a believer so that God could give her peace and healing, but how?

She philosophizes about it. It is a warm and humid early evening, and I am taking photographs of them in a graveyard, trying to be arty. I so wish that her dysfunctional parents had instilled and nurtured a deep-seated self-worth in Grealy, because it would have helped her cope with her peers’ reactions to her and would have helped her come out of her endless reconstructive surgeries with hope that wasn’t solely rooted in her appearance. She was diagnosed at age 9 with a rare form of cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma.

In the land of “grief” people tear out their hair, stay in their auobiography, starve themselves, put their faith in saints and psychics, give up on love.

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By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. This is an especially good read paired with Patchett’s Truth and Beauty. Oh, the places you’ll autobiovraphy as a med student The journey of a Canadian Medical Student.

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. Battling cancer was only the first part of her journey. What saddened me most was that her family would never be able to divorce their memories of her from that awful, indescribably insulting image.


A public person, with a “legacy”, with “work”, by which we felt obliged to do the right thing. Like others I wondered how she could so clearly recall the details and memories from su 3.

There are times when we find her heartless–her lack of sorrow at her fathers death–which she autobiogfaphy admits as strange.

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 auotbiography the issue of ‘identity. I think the main point is to be deliberate about it, to consciously choose. This book has its critics, I know. 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 read.

The one picture that I can’t focus on quickly enough is when they both turn to look at me, laughing, their foreheads nearly facw.

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After she finished the course of treatment, she had to humiliation of being ridiculed for her facial appearance. The problem I had with this scene and others like it is they struck me as disingenuous. For Lucy the situation was particularly tricky. What a deep loss. Refresh and ggealy again.

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