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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As an adult, she wrote about her life, to enormous literary lkcy, in a book called Autobiography Of A Face. I wanted to scream and wail for these things not to happen to her. I was incapacitated with confusion.

It required the effort of always seeing them for themselves gealy not as I wished them to be, of always striving to see the truth of them. She tried drinking dishwashing liquid to feel nauseated, inhaling water autobiographt cause pneumonia, and jabbing herself with rusty nails. An article in New York Magazine http: 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. Lucy had loved that painting, however, and I was disturbed that someone would feel more entitled oc such a connection with her past.

Lucy was also a poet and this was evident in her writing. 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.

Hijacked by grief

She reminded me that she was on a very limited budget. Because it is mine alone, one that I don’t have to share with the hundreds of thousands of total strangers who think they understand Lucy through Ann Patchett’s personal vantage point? It was a compelling story and extremely well-written.


But autoboography at home was worse: She tells her story with wit and perspective which seems improbable given what she went through. Instead of giving us the companionship we had hoped for, the men made us lonelier, a feeling that was especially hard for Lucy, who had spent so much of her childhood in the isolation of illness.

So I think she had a definite artistic vision for what she wanted to create. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Notify me of new comments via email. She would come to terms with a final surgery in adulthood. As a child, she was diagnosed with a cancer in the bone of her jaw.

Although Lucy’s struggles with identity continue throughout her memoir, she DOES manage to discover things in her life which bring her pleasure.

Her life had been hard, but she had also experienced more joy than many. At first I believed that this was as it should be. She said that when our mutual friend Jonathan Wilks had first told her that I had gotten into Iowa, she was disappointed because she wanted to be the only Sarah Lawrence person to be admitted. I had thought something horrible, only something truly outside my understanding autoiography bad things, could drive this girl into my arms.

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

Lucy Grealy was a poet, essayist, and autobiographer. After she finished the course of treatment, she had to humiliation of being ridiculed for her facial appearance. Quotes from Autobiography of That was her gift: Like “love”, it accepts everything.

Apr 14, Ciara rated it liked it Shelves: The Best Books of Eventually, after countless surgeries that remove bone and skin from other parts of her body in hopes of reconstructing her jaw, she decides to stop looking in mirrors for awhile, to start her own life instead of waiting. But sometime after the large portion of her jaw was removed, she admits that she didn’t even understand that or had had cancer until many years later!


And perhaps topping the list, Shakespeare.

Lucy Grealy — Charlie Rose

Pf all 8 comments. Lucy is very cerebral and she comes up with all kinds of mental gymnastics to avoid her situation. 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.

Jul 05, Jessica rated it did not like it. So why then does it feel as if our identities facr tied so closely to how we see ourselves and how we believe others see us?

Autobiography of a Face

There was the year that she walked with a cane and someone told me it was because they had taken a chunk of her hip to graft into her jaw. Retrieved from ” https: Sarah and I hugged her, trying, as we grrealy both done all our lives, to protect her from her overwhelming despair.

She offers a blow-by-blow recounting of her medical trials, accompanied by the emotional turmoil that inevitably resulted. She came off as horribly selfish when detailing her many hospital stays and her initial reaction upon finding out her father had been hospitalized her chances of getting a pony diminished significantly at that time.

In the others I kept trying to explain why Grrealy was lonely and pathetic, but maybe I should just simply skip that, announce it in a single sentence, then get on with the letter.

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