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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But I was grieving, and innocent of the implications.

That’s why I’ve read a lot more “young adult” books than the typical geeky fellow of my age. She fought until she could fight no more and facr her courage I can only stand up and applaud for I’m not sure if faced a day in her shoes if I could have found the same kind of courage to contnue on.

Lucy Grealy

She expresses appreciation for the fact that while autobiograpphy has had barriers to contend with, in many ways she was blessed, with a roof over her head, plenty to eat, clothing to wear, and sees how many people, people with perfectly normal faces, lack those basics. Can you accept who you are, disfigurements and all? When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, grely faced the cruel taunts of classmates. I’ve wanted to read this book since reading the magazine article autobiograaphy precipitated it in I discovered ‘Autobiography of a Face’ by Lucy Grealy at a used book store.

Even if the book had sucked I probably would have given it three stars for the title alone. I wanted them to stop, to see how much they had already, how they had their health and their strength. At an early age, Lucy Grealy was found to have a rare form of cancer.


Autobiography of a Face chronicles Lucy Grealy’s battle with the physical and psychological effects of Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancer that robbed her of much of her jaw. Hoping to find a more holistic view to other aspects of life in the aftermath of her childhood experience left me disappointed.

One is that she fesses up to her own stuff, which always makes me trust an author or a character. If that’s not “backwards and in high heels” I don’t know what is. Lucy endured over 30 reconstructive surgeries throughout her lifetime to rebuild her jaw. One thing that Grealy does really well is capture how this shifts slowly as she gets older.

She was born in Dublin in and her family immigrated to Spring Valley, New York, when she was four years old. Sarah and my brother Nicholas felt it was fair, a contribution towards the burden of my mother’s care – she was living in sheltered accommodation paid for by Sarah and me.

What saddened me most was that her family would never be able to divorce their memories of her from that awful, indescribably insulting image. 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.

Your daughter is sitting in front of you having poison pumped directly into her body, and you chastise her for crying?

Memoir in Review: Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy | Emilia Judith Jordan

How does one ggealy with a world that defines beauty as value when one is clearly damaged? I knew that Lucy, stripped down to the essence of sister and daughter, would want us to be happy together. Ann and I have not been in touch for some time. Read for my book club it received 3, 3. What people want is to be seen as graceful, to be accepted, to be loved, to be appreciated.


I felt pain for this child who lived through cancer, and later the woman she had become which included strength of perseverance, and acceptance. What do YOU think? Our conversations became surreal. For Lucy the situation was particularly tricky. On the whole, I am glad I read the book.

Email required Address never made public. Each time her body would eventually absorb transplanted material and sag back in on itself.

As if the cancer was not more than enough for one person to bear, Lucy also endured ‘care’ by a doctor who seemed completely disinterested in her care, often talking on the phone throughout his examination of her.

All of that based foremost on appearance. She spends the majority of this book in those early years and quickly wraps autobiograpjy up after college. I felt that her level of honesty and insight was greater at some times than at other times.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FACE by Lucy Grealy | Kirkus Reviews

Following her final reconstructive surgery, Grealy became dependent upon her prescribed painkiller, OxyContinas hrealy had earlier with codeine. It was published in to considerable critical acclaim and is still in print.

It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life.

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