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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Lucy Grealy

None of which was more than temporarily successful. The sexual body Every girls learns at an early age that appearance matters. And she wrote about how boys used her to mock another boy, Jerry, by calling her his girlfriend, meant as the ultimate insult to Jerry. This persistent self-pity and bitter vanity went against her better judgements and she knew that this was irrational: Oh, the places you’ll go as a med student The journey of a Canadian Medical Student.

Like “love”, it accepts everything. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The fact that I had cancer seemed mi This book says a lot about how our society reacts to “ugliness. One was simple evasion, to make herself ill enough that the treatments would have to be suspended.

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. Grealy is an intelligent and gifted writer and her thoughtful examination of her disfi Exquisite memoir by poet and novelist Lucy Grealy.


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Then I was alerted to reading guides published for the posthumous reissue of Autobiography Of A Face, with Ann’s afterword. Books by Lucy Grealy. Consider the garden-variety cruelty of m At an early age, Lucy Grealy was found to have a rare form of cancer. I get that the stoicism and being in her mind all the time was her way of dealing, and I think it was done well, but I think some parts would have felt more true with a little more of these messy emotions. Ann, not so gifted, is lucky to be able to hitch her wagon to my sister’s star.

I’ve read perhaps “YA” books. I also highly recommend it True story – sad- beautiful. PS – I w, after reading Autobiographythat Grealy, who had become a successful poet autobiigraphy writer, had suffered an addiction to heroine following her last reconstructive surgery and died of an overdose at age Though she is aware that all her problems with image and identity were unreasonable and as a smart, warm woman she is attractive with or without her looks, she is unable to shake off her insecurities.

But then we know our way around a hospital. Certainly autobiography is self-centered by autobiograhy and one should not be surprised to find the subject’s conciousness to take center stage. The photo caught me, and the story pulled me in and ultimately broke my heart.


I wasn’t surprised by the way she tossed it dismissively on to a chair, for she rarely showed interest, at least to me, in other people’s achievements.

I knew she was unreachably sad.

She died of a heroin overdose on December 18,in New York Cityat the age of What makes this true tale readable is Hy Grealy’s ability to write from a child’s perspective while her observations are that of an adult.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Yet Lucy could not convince herself to believe in the positive image of herself.

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Customers who viewed this item also viewed. I recommend this book because of its beautiful writing, however, and its insight into what it’s like to live life so visibly different from most people.

Paperbackpages. But the treatment was successful, at least with respect to the cancer. She went out in a storm at night getting chilled and drenched and hoping it would raise her white blood cell count. Despite everything Lucy went through the anding if hopeful and uplifting. Another is of my mother’s back and Lucy’s face.

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