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. Washington Post Book World This powerful memoir is about the premium we put on beauty and on a woman’s face in particular. It took Lucy Grealy twenty years.

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She discovers a love of horses and she finds relief and escape in exercising the animals at a local stable. What was missing for me on the whole was complex story development; her situation is dramatic, while the story lacks shape and texture—in many places.

But the treatment was successful, at least with respect to the cancer. It was published in to considerable critical acclaim and is still in print. autoobiography

Autobiography of a Face

PS – I learned, after reading Autobiographythat Grealy, who had become a successful poet and writer, had suffered an addiction to heroine following her last reconstructive surgery and died of an overdose at age I was so impressed by her story that when Grealy’s memoir was published, I read it immediately.

We pulled up to the house on Governor Street and found the front door open wide. You are commenting using your Facebook account. I wished that Ann would not publish the book.

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

Six weeks later, she wanted an article about Lucy to appear in the New Yorker but in the gdealy settled on New York magazine instead. The young Lucy became aware of what it is to be severely, chronically ill.


Jessica I’d say yes; it’s an incredible story with many areas by which excellent discussion and student writing can be parsed out. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

She reminded me that she was on a very limited budget. Ann emailed a document for my signature, a family permission to use Lucy’s letters. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

At that point, recognition came flooding back and I can say that I wish I had read ‘Autobiography of a Face’ first.

The book is memorable and moving, offering an inside look at the girl, oof woman, behind the face, sometimes behind the mask. It’s fascinating to see how life and memories are rewritten after the fact.

Afterwards, I was consoled by my new, transatlantic email friendship with Ann. Aug 06, Jenni rated it liked it Shelves: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

When wutobiography does begin to share her conflicted interiority, it feels too late in the story. Notify me of new posts via email.

Grealy is a poet.

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I realized halfway into ‘Autobiography of a Face’ that Lucy’s story seemed familiar to me. Perhaps it was too painful for the writer to do, but this approach distanced me from story. It was late August and scorching hot.

A story that makes me cringe a little with guilt when I realize how good I have it yet how often I sometimes take my life for granted, my health for granted, my friends and family for granted Why is that memory so elusive?


It wasn’t until I picked up Autobiograpyh memoir that I realized Grealy had died. It was the grealt from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life. Her musings on beauty and ugliness, in fact, as well as her excellent descriptions of the alien hospital world, were what made me stick with this book when I wanted to put it down.

I am interested in writing memoir or at least creative non-fiction so I was excited to read this book. I recommend the book to those concerned with self-image, to readers who want to know more about what it is like to be “other” and to anyone who reads memoirs.

Lucy Grealy

That imagination and her wonderful writing filled a void but would not be a path to healing and wholeness. This is the story of her friendship with Grealy. Two anchors had stabilized her existence throughout the misery: Ann was hugely patient with Lucy, who could be infuriatingly disorganised and irresponsible. Although Lucy’s struggles with identity continue throughout her memoir, she DOES manage geraly discover things in her life which bring her pleasure.

In this strikingly candid memoir, Grealy tells her story of great suffering and remarkable strength without sentimentality and with considerable wit.

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