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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Lucy Grealy

I tried to come to terms with the fact that she would never, after all, have the capacity for happiness. She philosophizes about it.

I wished that Ann would not publish the book. As if the cancer was not more than enough for one person to bear, Lucy also endured ‘care’ by a doctor frealy seemed completely disinterested in her care, often talking on the phone throughout his examination of her.

But lots of writers have looked into this simple but deceptively deep question. Ann, not so gifted, is lucky to be able to hitch her wagon to my sister’s star.

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Autobiography of a Face is a powerful, unforgettable novel about overcoming bullying and showing people who you truly are. The sadness that Lucy’s many other friends wrote about addressed only a tiny fraction of the tragedy my family had experienced.

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 writing of the book. I’d had a framed photograph of Lucy for many years, which I loved. She endured two and a half years of chemotherapy and many subsequent years of radiation treatments.

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This site uses cookies. There’s no great introspection in her story. In spiritual care we distinguish between cure and healing.

Email required Address never made public. Trying to bargain with God was one of the devices Lucy adopted to make her suffering bearable.

When she does begin to share her conflicted interiority, it feels too late in the story. Any Google search will fill you in on the details. I was hungry for more of her work, and then once I found out a little bit about her story, I picked up her memoir. A beautifully written memoir about the late Grealy’s struggle with childhood cancer leading to many, many reconstructive surgeries over 20 years.

View all 16 comments. During the period that Lucy was in junior high school the chemo and radiation treatments were successful in autoviography the cancer, but the after effects left her with a mutilated face that was to be her curse for the rest of her life.

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. Surgery to repair her jaw proved ineffectual. But I was grieving, and innocent of the implications. I want to go back to the stoicism. Like “Europe” or “America”, it describes a place where anything might happen.



Despite everything Lucy went through the anding was hopeful and uplifting. Nov 11, Alexis rated it liked it. Lucy is wearing shorts, my mother a white linen shirt. Jun 25, Kristine fezabel rated it it was ok Shelves: Different books are written at different levels of closeness and intimacy, and there are a lot of choices an author has to make to create that consistent level, or varying the distance over the arc fcae a story.

The book is not especially sad, but the end may leave you with that feeling for you.

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. Notify me of new posts via email. There were definite problems autobiograpjy face gfealy, but to me they seemed entirely manageable: The photo caught me, and the story pulled me in and ultimately broke my heart.

Could you drop by the waiting room and see if you can do anything for them? But there is the book: Feb 22, Doneen rated it really liked it. 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.