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. 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.

Author: Milmaran Tygomuro
Country: Estonia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Art
Published (Last): 14 May 2004
Pages: 109
PDF File Size: 10.35 Mb
ePub File Size: 14.82 Mb
ISBN: 497-3-31589-348-6
Downloads: 17982
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Zuluk

Sarah and I sorted through our own feelings at the time, confused as they were, and tried to convince ourselves that friends Lucy had loved were just as “entitled” to have her things as we were. Lucy gets to the heart of sexism in four lines. I knew she was unreachably sad. It was also at that time when boys started taking an interest in certain girls, while ignoring others.

Grealy recounts her time spent in hospital. 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 sadness that Lucy’s many other friends wrote about addressed only a tiny fraction of the tragedy my family had experienced. My husband said he could gauge my mood by whether he found the photograph hanging on the wall or hidden behind the chest of drawers in the spare room.


I shoo with heaves so strong they felt more like convulsions. I was so impressed by her story that when Grealy’s memoir was published, I read it immediately. I’d have preferred her to work with a smaller publisher, one with less of a publicity machine than HarperCollins. I wanted them to stop, to see how much they had already, how they had their health and their strength.


The grealh order causes the reader to feel as though they are attacking their beloved Lucy rather than understanding her more clearly. autobiogrwphy

Lucy Grealy – Wikipedia

She graduated in and went on to study at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. I’ve read thousands autobiogarphy books. Showing of reviews. She focuses on things like trying not to cry at chemotherapy. It is a warm and humid early evening, and I am taking photographs of them in a graveyard, trying to be arty. I still believe that, even now.

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

Ot does crave the rest of the story though and an understanding of her demise at 42 after living through cancer at It is an affecting story, not only for her ability to see herself, but also for the mirror she has held up to society.

Ann autobkography – she felt that Lucy would still be jealous of our developing friendship. Yet Lucy could not convince herself to believe in the positive image of herself. Autobiography of a Face is a book about image, about the tyranny of the image of a beautiful—or even pleasingly average—face. I was afraid that with the publication of her book, there might be kucy inexperienced interns, another set of unsavoury reading guides, another reason for people to ask, “But where was Lucy’s mother?

Licy incredible that someone who has been through as much as she can look back on these profound moments with such pure cadence and honesty.


View all 19 comments. Despite the singular nature of her experience, Lucy Grealy manages to convince an amazing array of people that she is speaking directly to them.

A third of her jawbone was removed to try to stem the spread of this cancer. 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Autobiography of a Face

It wasn’t until I picked up Patchett’s memo About 20 years ago, I read an essay by X in a book about women and their bodies. At first I believed that this was as it should be.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

The fsce itself is wonderful: Jessica I’d say yes; it’s an incredible story with many areas by which excellent discussion and student writing can be parsed out. What makes this true tale readable is Lucy Grealy’s ability to write from a child’s perspective while her observations are that of an adult.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. This is a book about identity.

After completing the book, I listened to an interview with Lucy Grealy. But I was grieving, and innocent of the implications. Pages with related products.

But then I thought, maybe this is what happens without that tether.