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.

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Lucinda Margaret Grealy was a poet and memoirist who wrote Autobiography of a Face in It was the first time I had experienced reading about my family and parts of my own life, and I realised how easy it was for Lucy simply to select her vantage point. I can’t figure out what that book was titled. View all 13 comments.

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She captures with unique insight what it is like as a child and young adult to be torn between two warring impulses: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Consider the garden-variety cruelty of middle-schoolers. Storyshucker A blog full of humorous and poignant observations. It is rich in language and TIP: Oct 23, Sheri rated it really liked it Shelves: Grealy and author Ann Patchett Be Autobiography of a Face fface Lucy Grealy’s battle with the physical and psychological effects of Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancer that robbed her of much of s jaw.

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The taunting and insults were constant. Lucy wanted to become a believer so that God could give her peace and healing, but how? I would have liked to know about Greely as an adult. Any Google search will fill you fac on the details.


Rather than describer her life, Greely spends most of the time simply enumerating her surgeries and her life as a patient. These hardly looked human, caged in their incubators like rare specimens on display, hooked up to autobiogaphy kinds of fascinating tubes and machines.

After reading Lucy’s own account of her childhood cancer and all the hardships she endured because of her treatmen I’m so glad I read this book after reading Ann Patchett’s “Truth and Beauty,” which was her take on the friendship between the two women. No parent wants to see their child in pain. But lots of writers have looked into this simple but deceptively deep question. None of which was more than temporarily successful.

Yes, she was a cancer survivor, and she was treated horribly by her peers growing up. But in she underwent a final reconstructive surgery, after which she became addicted to OxyContin. Licy observations of her doctors,classmates, family and friends are dead on with obtuse insight. These routines and procedures, the scientific terms, do not mean anything to Lucy, since the adults who own knowledge do not share the information with her.

View all 5 comments. As I said from my very first post, whether a post on here is about blindness or Breaking Bad or autoibography chemistry or a book review, I always want the underlying focus to be on storytelling. When literary figures, such as Joan Didion, write books about grief and loss, these are usually reviewed by other writers. Another, which many of us have attempted to use, was to reflect on how many there are who are enduring worse.

In psychoanalytic terms this repression of tears and emotion prevents the healthy purging of psychic feelings which then become dammed up in her unconscious and affect her self-expression later in life. A woman going through an ordeal like this and overcoming it seems standard material for a memoir. The children stare at the caged animals in silence, not knowing how to react to the brutality of the mutilated animals, whose ordeal is so gruesome yet uncannily similar to their own — themselves ill bodies also manipulated and mutilated by technology.


Sep 02, Sandra rated it really liked it. Lucy Grealy was a poet, essayist, and autobiographer.

I came away from reading the first book with a very skewed idea of what the relationship was like. Autobiography of a Face is a book about image, about the tyranny of the image of a beautiful—or even trealy average—face. The surgery and chemo helped save her life but left her with disfiguring scars.

I realized halfway into ‘Autobiography of a Face’ that Lucy’s story seemed familiar to me. When she autobioraphy to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates. Yet Lucy could not convince herself to believe in the positive image of herself.

Despite the efforts of my sister Sarah and I to help her, she was becoming more frail, more sad, more alone. She focuses on things like trying not to cry at chemotherapy.

What that feels like expressed so beautifully. It gives me gooseflesh. This woman not only had to beat cancer and the damage that the cancer “cures” did to her face, but she also had to find ways to survive the constant feelings of never ever being pretty enough to be loved. From Ggealy, the free encyclopedia.

Then you remark on how disappointed you are at the fact that she’s “letting luch treatment bring you down”?

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