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 also published a collection of essays inAs Seen on TV: The book is memorable and moving, offering an inside look at the girl, then woman, behind the face, sometimes behind the mask. I came away from reading the first book with a very skewed idea of what the relationship was like. Yes, she was a cancer survivor, and she was treated horribly by her peers growing up.

Looking back on their behaviour, Lucy is also forgiving of them because they were adjusting to Lucy’s difference just as much as she was – their daughter vy changed, irrevocably, from what they once knew her as, and there had to be a period of awkward adjustment.

The last thing I want to say is that I’m not so callous as to not feel sympathy for the things that Lucy had to deal with in her life.

Hoping to find a more holistic view to other aspects of life in the aftermath of her childhood experience left me disappointed. Her early persona is one of a young girl trying to keep her chin up, to appear strong, and to avoid whining.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And quite often, especially in the case of young children, most of our pastoral care is devoted to supporting the parent, not the child. Upon leaving the hospital her father is bumbling and embarrassed, barely meeting his daughter’s eye.


The photo caught me, and the story pulled me in and ultimate While reading this book, I was reminded of something my daughter used to say when she was little and she came to me after one of her brothers or a friend hurt her feelings.

Consider the garden-variety cruelty of middle-schoolers. Patchett’s book, Truth and Beauty: Shinin Light Book Reviews. Yet Lucy could not convince herself to believe in the positive image of herself. I was afraid that with the publication of her book, there might be more inexperienced interns, another set of unsavoury reading guides, another reason for people to ask, “But where was Lucy’s mother?

The World Through My Eyes. So why then does it feel as if our identities are tied so closely to how we see ourselves and how we believe others see us? A phrase about looking out the window above the kitchen sink of our childhood home in Spring Valley, New York, was like chancing upon a yellowing photograph of a place I had once loved. Luvy was a problem adding your email address. But the od of Grealy’s memoir is what came after she survived.

I’ve read thousands of books. Particularly in the final rather rushed quarter of the book, I felt she was phoning in the events and the emotional aspects were a bit less convincing.

After her initiation in pain through chemo and the encounter at the animal labpain becomes everything. Exquisite memoir by poet and novelist Lucy Grealy.

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

Now an award-winning poet and essayist a short version of her tale originally appeared in Harper’s and received a National Magazine AwardGrealy’s tale ends not with magical deliverance, but with hard-won self-acceptance.


Overall, I really enjoyed the book. Given that Grealy has been dead for ten years and her memoir is 18 years old, it speaks well for her abilities as an author that the book atuobiography still read. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Storyshucker A blog full of humorous and poignant observations.


Eventually, as she grows up, she finds solace and inspiration in the company of horses and other animals, and as a young adult, she cultivates an enriching inner life through reading, and later writing. Looking back, I see that in her words. Lucy received chemo on Fridays, which then involved two very painful injections administered by a physician while he was distracted by talking on the telephone. I found myself wondering how she could remember so clearly discussions and events from when she was so young.

I recommend this book because of its beautiful writing, however, and its insight into what it’s like to live life so visibly different from most people. Faace up a giveaway. I’m not a religious person but I know that many religions teach that our physical bodies are not who we are.

Autobiography of a Face

Beauty matters; attractive people are more autobiographyy to be successful and desired. Get to Know Us. Lucy gets to the heart of sexism in four lines.

We come away from reading Autobiography of a Facewith the sad insight that by the time she was a teenager Lucy had already focused all her hopes on the wrong object.