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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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I realized halfway into ‘Autobiography of a Face’ that Lucy’s story seemed familiar to me. As Lucy’s life became more and more confused, I called Ann in exasperation.

May 05, Sarah rated it it was amazing. She philosophizes about it. There had always been thousands of miles between us, and she was simply one of the many friends Lucy made so easily.

Not majorly so, just a slight shade off from totally true. Apparently it was a misunderstanding.

Lucy Grealy

But for her to be healed would have meant that being able to accept that she already was loved and was worthy grea,y love of her friends, and of herself.

There was a problem adding your email address. It casts a bit of doubt. I first learned of this book by reading Anne Patchett.

I felt there was something very stoic about her approach, almost trying to sublimate her pain, physical and social and emotional, think herself out of it. I tend to really appreciate this approach in writing.


Does anyone know, or remember, the title of the book written by Lucy’s best friend? She mentioned film rights. Email required Address never made public.


When a review copy of Ann’s book, Taft, arrived by courier at my house in London, Geealy, staying with me, didn’t bother to open it. Greely captures this well with her description of the cycles of chemotherapy: I felt, without being able to express it, that it was somehow indecent to risk laying my family bare for the sake of Ann’s personal expression of grief.

She said that ultimately it is about our identities: After reading Lucy’s own account of her childhood cancer and all the hardships she endured because of her treatments, I think I have a much more balanced idea of what courage she actually displayed. In fact, mom and dad seem pleasant, caring, and supportive, albeit fuzzy, as characters. Aug 06, Jenni rated it liked it Shelves: Ann was a far better “sister” to Lucy than I could ever have been, but we never met while Lucy was alive.

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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. Despite everything Lucy went through the anding was hopeful and uplifting. I’m about to write a blog post about her at http: I had no idea that heroin had become so huge in my sister’s life. I also think this choice works against her in some ways. The New York Times.

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

I’m not a religious person but I know that many religions teach that our physical autobiotraphy are not who we are. I recommend resisting the urge to follow this up with Ann Patchett’s about Grealy after she died. Greapy Journal of Poetry and Greaaly. Some of the other visiting parents, the ones who came in every day, felt sorry for my lack of visitors and sneaked me contraband food items. It may not rank with great memoirs, but is an interesting, thoughtful and engaging one. She taught writing at Bennington College.


Ann disagreed – she felt that Lucy would still be jealous of our developing friendship. As a nine year old she was mature enough to be very conscious of what was happening to her, but too young to be taken seriously by adults. Read for my book club it received 3, 3.

If that’s not “backwards and in high heels” I don’t know what is. In that moment she was unbound. This autobiography is very engaging and well written. Each one sent me deeper into despair.

While reading this book, I was reminded of something my daughter used to say when she was little and she came to me after one of her brothers or a friend hurt her feelings. I did a bit of research and discovered that many years ago, I had read ‘Truth and Beauty’ by Ann Patchett… who was a close friend of Lucy Grealy….