When it was first published in America in 1994, Autobiography of a Face heralded award-winning poet Lucy Grealy's emergence as one of the most compelling writers of her generation. At age nine the writer was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and had to have a large part of her jaw removed. Written with an unconquerable wit, Grealy's memoir ...
When it was first published in America in 1994, Autobiography of a Face heralded award-winning poet Lucy Grealy's emergence as one of the most compelling writers of her generation. At age nine the writer was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and had to have a large part of her jaw removed. Written with an unconquerable wit, Grealy's memoir recalls the repercussions of that event; endless reconstructive surgery, the profound emotional trauma of a disrupted adolescence, feelings of rejection and inadequacy in a society obsessed with physical perfection, and the consequences of her own desperate need to be loved. Robbed of her outward beauty as a child, Lucy Grealy turned her tragic misfortune into a book of tremendous lyrical resonance, and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
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Apr 15, 2010
Even if she was a selfish and spoiled woman, this book is thoughtfully written.
Jul 25, 2009
This is a sad but wonderfully well written account of a horrible -almost life long disease-and how the author coped with it throughout her life. It is an excellent follow up to Ann Patchett's "Truth and Beauty".
Feb 18, 2008
This memoir by Lucy Grealy recounts her childhood and the pain she suffered due to cancer that disfigured her face. Her story provides remarkable insight to the emotional struggle children often encounter when they believe they are "ugly."
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