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 grrealy how my life would be if I had half their fortune. She died of a heroin overdose on December 18,in New York Cityat the age of May 05, Sarah rated it it was amazing.

There are times when we find her heartless–her lack of sorrow at her fathers death–which she herself admits as strange.

Hijacked by grief

I’m not sure I found this quite as revelatory as I hoped I would. I’m considering it for a class She mentioned film rights. What wonder it was to have food and clothes and no one torturing me.

Our conversations became surreal. I admired and had defended her need to write as an artist, but I hoped she would finish it off, for herself, and put it under the bed.

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Nothing so malicious has touched me, but I think of them often, for my own grief has been forced down an unexpected path. I was grieving for her. As Lucy’s life became more and more confused, I called Ann in exasperation. She wrote…” I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since faxe I’ve spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else.


Fafe is of my mother’s back and Lucy’s face.

The writing itself is wonderful: Aug 09, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing. One benefit to Grealy of her many hospitalizations was that she got to skip so much school-time, so much taunting-time.

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I noticed that the reading Ann gave at Lucy’s funeral and the piece in New York magazine shared similar phrases. Sep 18, jo rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Please provide an email address.

In a interview with Charlie Rose conducted right before she rose to the height of her fame, Lucy states that she considers her book to autobiograpby primarily about the issue of “identity.

View all 12 comments. There’s no great introspection in her story.

By comparison relationships with others just seem dull. She expresses appreciation for the fact that while she has had barriers to contend with, in many ways she was blessed, with a roof over her head, plenty to eat, clothing to wear, and sees how many people, people with perfectly normal faces, lack those basics.

Perhaps Grealy was more comfortable with her perspective on her childhood than her adulthood. Another problem I had was Grealy’s reliance on summary.

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This is an especially good read paired with Patchett’s Truth and Beauty. Jun 25, Kristine fezabel rated it it was ok Shelves: I tried to come to terms with the fact that she would never, after all, have the capacity for happiness.

Dante reincarnated as a nine year old girl. There was also irritation, for much of the book was careless. Lucy Grealy I read the magazine article on which the book is based. I wish she had been able to overcome her past, and find her happiness. The book is not especially sad, but the end may leave you with that feeling for you.

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Autobiography of a Face

People interested or the deepest questions of what it means to be human. She has no startling insights about life. 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. Soul of a Gypsy I am interested in writing memoir or at least creative non-fiction so I was excited to read this book.

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