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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. HEALTH – Grealy’s cancer could be considered a main character since you see it grow throughout the memoir. It follows her, speaks to her and.

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I tried geealy come to terms with the fact that she would never, after all, have the capacity for happiness. The book is memorable and moving, offering an inside look at the girl, then woman, behind the face, sometimes behind the mask.

She seemed to have virtually no relatedness with others, which seemed unsettling at times and really very sad. My sister Lucy was a uniquely gifted writer.


As Grealy herself stated, the subject of the book is I’m paraphrasingwhat is a self and how does one arrive at an understanding of what it is to be oneself? As Lucy’s life became more and more confused, I called Ann in exasperation.

Ann, not so gifted, is lucky to be able to hitch her wagon to my sister’s star. That grelay ask for no publicity. Trivia About Autobiography of Rather than describer her life, Greely spends most of the time simply enumerating her surgeries and her life as a patient.


She gets accepted into Sarah Lawrence College and develops some true friendships. Had HarperCollins released such a coarse and incorrect press release?

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I think in some ways it helps things but in other ways it may hurt her. I thought this was offensive, but didn’t say. This autobiography is very engaging and well written. But I was happy for Lucy.

The fact that I had cancer seemed minor in comparison. There had always been thousands of miles between us, and she was simply one of the many friends Lucy made so easily.

It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy in my life.

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Storyshucker A blog full of humorous and poignant observations. I wish now that I had sent it to Autpbiography agent in New York.

What saddened me most was that her family would never be able to divorce their memories of her from that awful, indescribably insulting image. She thought that people stared a Ehm By comparison relationships with others just seem dull. Looking back, I see that in her words.

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I’ve wanted to read this book since reading the magazine article that precipitated it in Patchett’s book, Truth and Beauty: The flatness in the beginning is, I think, a problem of persona. I told her I believed that Lucy, dead and thus completely free of the worldly obstacles of vanity and rivalry, would want us to console each other.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FACE by Lucy Grealy | Kirkus Reviews

I was shocked on two levels: And quite often, especially in the case of young children, most of our pastoral care is devoted to supporting the parent, not the child. I was grieving for her. I’m considering it for a class We had read the afterword, and it was beautiful, but Sarah had asked, “Where are we in this story? There is even a chapter where she and a hospital friend sort of con a hospital volunteer into taking them to see the animal lab and get somewhat traumatized by seeing the vivisected and caged animals.

Aug 10, Bill Kupersmith rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aautobiography opus is like Ralph Ellison’ssmall.