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. Lucinda Margaret Grealy (June 3, – December 18, ) was an Irish- American poet and memoirist who wrote Autobiography of a Face in Autobiography of a Face is a memoir written by award-winning poet Lucy Grealy. It describes her childhood struggles with jaw cancer and the resulting.

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And then as she gets older, this shifts and she becomes more conscious of and more bothered by her face, her circumstances. Maybe because I had a taste of what she went through, I realize how devastating it can be to your self-esteem to have facial surgery after facial surgery after facial surgery. But like “Inferno”, like “Howl’ together with “Footnote to Howl” “Autobiography of a Face” gives its readers an opportunity to experience a transcendent joy: I came autobjography from reading the first book with a very skewed idea of what the relationship was like.

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Perhaps Grealy was more comfortable with her perspective on her childhood than her adulthood. Grealy touches upon some of the more negative aspects of her ordeal, such as her need for attention and her tendency to blame all of her problems on her face, yet it is clear some of graly tale is left untold.

Autobiography of a Face

Why is there no mention of her breast augmentation surgery? Her honesty is frightening at times. That was her gift: She was diagnosed at age 9 with a rare form of cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma.

When paired with Truth and Beauty, I think the literary experience is amazing. Ann disagreed – she felt that Lucy would still be jealous of our developing friendship. Then one of the women in my book group showed up with Autobiography auotbiography a Face as her pick for this year.


By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. 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?

By comparison relationships with autobiograpgy just seem dull. It would have helped bring Fcae to awareness that God does not perform magical healing that is conditional on ignoring her doubts, but that despite her doubts and fears, Lucy was not alone, that God was with her in all her suffering and would give her the strength to deal with the painful effects of her treatment.

I was incapacitated with confusion. This is a must read for anyone and everyone. I stayed with fiction, while she went through philosophy and film criticism and heavy art-history books she lugged home from the library. Sarah and I hugged her, trying, as we have both done all our lives, to protect her from her overwhelming despair.

Like “love”, it accepts everything. qutobiography

The Face of Pain

I had loved it while she was alive, for greally texture of her skin, for the closeness of her teeth, for a quality of nearness that made me feel if I looked at it long enough, she would blink. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page grealj of 1. I’ve read perhaps “YA” books.

If you’re like me, there aren’t many magazine articles that haunt you for fifteen years or more. It took her twenty years of living with a distorted self-image and more than thirty reconstructive procedures before she could come to terms with her appearance.

An article in New York Magazine http: 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. Finally, her embarrassment reached such proportions that the audience settled down.


It was late August and scorching hot. But the treatment was successful, at least with respect to the cancer. Treating it was physically agonising and hugely disfiguring. The sadness that Lucy’s many other friends wrote about addressed only a tiny fraction of the tragedy my family had experienced.

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Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy – Google Books

When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Skip to contentor skip to search. The photo on the cover immediately caught my eye… it was startling! But I was grieving, and innocent of the implications. I’m 58 years old.

Apparently I am not the only person who wondered, because Grealy was asked that very question at a book reading. I’ve wanted to read this book since reading the magazine article that precipitated it in Any Google search will fill you in on the details. Despite the efforts of my sister Sarah and I to help her, she was becoming more frail, more sad, more alone.

In trying to make a point, someone had entirely altered the course of their grief. I watched this show almost every weekend.