Autobiography of a Face

By Lucy Grealy

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At age nine, Lucy Grealy lost part of her jaw to cancer. This raw memoir chronicles the cruel taunts endured, painful surgeries undergone and, ultimately, the author’s desperate search to feel – and look – just like everyone else. Dead at age 39 from a tragic heroin overdose, this autobiography can be read along with Ann Patchett’s Truth and Beauty, an account of the two authors’ friendship, written after Grealy’s death.

Perfect for:

  • Readers interested in memoirs about difficult childhoods.
  • Anyone curious about the psychological effects of appearing different.
  • Those intrigued by an exploration of Grealy’s troubling statement that looking ugly was harder than having cancer. 
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