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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She is very much looking back on the events of her life and recounting them as an adult, imbuing them with an adult understanding, dissection and wit. The writing itself is wonderful: How easy to focus on just one fafe of the intertwined lives of my father, dead at 57 from pancreatitis; my eldest brother, a schizophrenic, dead following a car accident in Nevada; my little sister, dead; my mother, subject to the idle scrutiny of book clubs across America, invited by those reading guides to fwce her worth as a parent.

There was an art to it, I discovered, which was not really all that different from the love that is necessary in the making of art. I was so impressed by her story that when Grealy’s memoir was published, I read it immediately.

Six weeks later, she wanted an article about Lucy to appear in the New Yorker but in the end settled on New York magazine instead.

Apr 18, John of Canada rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I was incapacitated with confusion.

Lucy Grealy – In the Mind’s Eye: An Autobiography of a Face

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Sarah and my brother Nicholas felt it was fair, a contribution towards the burden of my mother’s care – she was living in sheltered accommodation paid for by Sarah and me. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. 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.


Grealy is a poet.

Patchett reveals a lot about Grealy and I wished I could have un-read these details and returned to the stronger, sweeter version of herself that Grealy creates. HarperCollins seemed very keen facr issue it quickly, and we agreed. There was a problem adding your email address. The triple conflict between her mind, her body, and her face, is punctuated by the unstable relationships she has with other people, the many male friends that could not become anything more, her parents, family, neighbours, atuobiography.

Showing of reviews. There is a memory, one of thousands, that I would like to keep of Lucy.

Lucy Grealy’s biography is an exploration into identity. It is utterly heartbreaking and she is absolutely brilliant. A beautifully written memoir about the late Grealy’s struggle with childhood cancer leading to many, many reconstructive surgeries over 20 years.

How trivial that seemed compared to the atrocities being perpetrated in the world. With exquisite prose and steely strength.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book was written several years before she died so her life may have disintegrated toward the end, but I had to admire her courage and very unique perspective on her own life. I suspect our ability to deal with disability has not improved in all ov years.

Books by Lucy Grealy. Dante and Ginsberg, obviously. My sister Sarah and I have been travelling too long in the land of grief, and we would like to come home, to prop our pictures on the mantelpiece and to get on with our lives.

The story is beyond interesting and sucks you into her life. She taught writing at Bennington College.

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I found Grealy’s story fascinating and very forthright. Quotes from Autobiography of But being at home was worse: When a review copy of Ann’s book, Taft, arrived by courier at my house in London, Lucy, staying with me, didn’t bother to open it. And it could auyobiography been, in some way, truer. But like “Inferno”, like “Howl’ together with “Footnote to Howl” “Autobiography of a Face” gives its readers an opportunity to experience a transcendent joy: I’d have preferred her to work with a smaller publisher, one with less of a publicity machine than HarperCollins.


I believed my nephews should have had it. The photo on the cover immediately caught my eye… it was startling! Her main concern in this book is not how to live with the disfigurement from cancer, but how to make people do things to make her happy. Lucy details the excruciating pain of chemotherapy while also conveying her childhood ignorance about the seriousness of what was going on. I so wish that her dysfunctional parents had instilled and nurtured a deep-seated self-worth in Grealy, because it would have helped her cope with her peers’ reactions to her and would have helped her come out of her endless reconstructive surgeries with hope that wasn’t solely rooted in her appearance.

The brutal toll that the damage and subsequent reconstructive surgeries took on her face and psyche is the focus of the book, which covers the time between her diagnosis and early adulthood. The taunts from her classmates and stares from strangers were a different sort of suffering. Grealy somehow manages to almost completely immerse us in her thoughts and feelings for the eighteen years between her diagnosis with Ewing’s sarcoma and the autobiovraphy of the book.

I am interested in writing memoir or at least creative non-fiction so I was excited to read this book. The problem I had with this scene and others like it is they struck me as disingenuous.

I’m ready to read Truth and Beauty now though I hear her twin does not approve of Ann Pratchett’s telling of her sister’s story. There is a autobiograpny of distance here between the author and her emotions, but with such an intense, long-lasting trauma, a bit of distance may have been the only way that Grealy could have written her tale.

I noticed that the reading Ann gave at Lucy’s funeral and the piece in New York magazine shared similar phrases. Each sentence was crafted with so much love, meaning, and autobiorgaphy.