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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In fact, her protestations against whininess come off as, well, whiny. 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. Feb 14, Book Concierge rated it really liked it Shelves: I was struck by the moment she described wearing a mask on Halloween.

Lucy had loved that painting, however, and I was disturbed that someone would feel more entitled to such a connection with her past. Retrieved from ” https: Everyone knew that Lucy was the poet.

Autobiography of a Face

I imagined how my life would be if I had half their fortune. If that’s not “backwards and in high heels” I don’t know what is. Some of the quotes that I liked were: It was always changing, swollen after a surgery or sinking in on itself after a surgery had failed. Grealy does an excellent job of portraying how her thoughts and feelings about her cancer and her face evolved slowly over time, which can be really hard to do without force-feeding it. She said that ultimately it is about our identities: I admired and had defended her need to write as an artist, but I hoped she would finish it off, for herself, and put it under the bed.


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Grealy, who endured many failed surgical attempts at facial reconstruction, became dependent on OxyContin and later on heroin. Ann supported her throughout, with company, money, food and love. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

We made such a harsh judgment of our mother’s desperation that Lucy might have felt – in front of me, at least – that she had forfeited the right to her own.

Surgery to repair her jaw proved ineffectual. It wasn’t until I picked up Patchett’s memoir that I realized Grealy autobiograhy died. But then we know our way around a hospital.

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Each one sent me deeper into despair. She tells her story with wit and perspective which seems improbable given what she went through.


She had a habit of pitching herself into my arms like a softball without any notice. Lucy wanted to become a believer so that God could give her peace and healing, but how? She alludes to problems at home before she gets cancer, but never says what they were.

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Hijacked by grief

Surely her surgeons must have been partly to blame for encouraging so ,ucy procedures when it must have been obvious that there was little chance that they would be effective. Retrieved on May 10, But those of us who have had a relationship, however difficult, with high maintenance high-octane persons like Lucy will understand. As you might guess, I have no real answers to these questions.