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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I didn’t like Lucy Grealy at all–she came across as a self-involved neurotic who totally wasted her life and died of an accidental heroin overdose.

HarperCollins seemed very keen to issue it quickly, and we agreed. When literary figures, such as Joan Didion, write books about grief and loss, these are usually reviewed by other writers.

As I said from my very first post, whether a post on here is about blindness or Breaking Bad or fce chemistry or a book review, I always want the underlying focus to be on storytelling.

Soul of a Gypsy Ann was hugely patient with Lucy, who could be infuriatingly disorganised and irresponsible.

I can’t figure out what that book was titled. There was an enormously distasteful story in the press some time ago.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FACE by Lucy Grealy | Kirkus Reviews

The fact that I had cancer seemed mi This book says a lot about how our society reacts to “ugliness. I told her I believed that Lucy, dead and thus completely free of the worldly obstacles of vanity and rivalry, would want us to console each other. It is rich in language and raw in experience. The photo caught me, and the story pulled me in and ultimately broke my heart.

Apr 18, John of Canada rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ultimately, I hope my criticisms of Grealy will help me puzzle out my own problems as a writer–narrative distance, time and tense, and compensating for story with capital-V voice. On The Heath where would-be writer works with words. Oct 23, Sheri rated it really liked it Shelves: At an early age, Lucy Grealy was found to have a rare form of cancer.


The aftereffects of the radiation treatment prevented skin grafts from being successful; they were simply reabsorbed. Eventually, after countless surgeries that remove bone and skin from other parts of her body in hopes of reconstructing her jaw, she decides to stop looking in mirrors for awhile, to start her own life instead of waiting.

I was surprised that it did not mention the New York magazine article, but referred to HarperCollins, her publisher. Plato, not so much, but Aristotle, absolutely. 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.

When paired with Truth and Beauty, I think the literary experience is amazing. She also doesn’t seem to understand what poverty is when she has health insurance and all these operations and her family can still afford to keep a horse, but for the most part I found her story very engrossing and not at all pitiful. She was born in Dublin in and her family immigrated to Spring Valley, New York, when she was four years old. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I learned, too, how easily readers would accept it as the only true vantage point. I had moved to London while they were still at college together. 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 – that Lucy’s illness had affected us all.

Vietnam was still within recent memory and pictures of the horrors of Cambodia loomed on every TV screen and in every newspaper. This autobiography is very engaging and well written. Could you drop by the waiting room and see if you can do anything for them? At 18, Grealy entered Sarah Lawrence College where she made her first real friends and nurtured her love of poetry.

This book tells the story of Lucy, who, after going through five years of harsh cancer treatments, had to have a section of her jaw removed. There was an art to it, I discovered, which was not really all that different from the love that is necessary in the making of art.


I had no idea that heroin had become so huge in my sister’s life. In that moment she was unbound. The story is either too close or too far, and in both cases the effect is loss of clarity.

It is a sublime and beautiful piece faxe literature. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Trivia About Autobiography of Then one of the women in my book group showed up with Autobiography of a Face as her pick for this year.

Are you your face? I admired and had defended her need to write as an artist, but I hoped she would finish it off, for herself, and put it under the bed.

I told them to do what they felt was right. Her musings on beauty and ugliness, in fact, as well as her excellent descriptions of the alien hospital world, were what made me stick with this book when I wanted to put it down.

I felt I had lost her. It really left no room for protest, for falling into self-pity, and as a reader, I was not having those kinds of responses. She went out in a storm at night getting chilled and drenched and hoping it would raise her white blood cell count. Sep 18, jo rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Was my autobiogralhy belief preventing God from speaking to me?

Autobiography of a Face

The photo on the cover immediately caught my eye… it was startling! I could not imagine being so honest about one’s body and self image. She said that ultimately it is about our identities: That Muslim family were hijacked on their journey.

She discovers a love of horses and she finds relief and escape in exercising the grewly at a local stable. So why then does it feel as if our identities are tied so closely to how we see ourselves and how we believe others see us?