Autobiography of a Face (Paperback)

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In childhood, Lucy Grealy suffered a rare form of cancer, which she survived and which left her face disfigured. Such material could easily fall apart in self-pity. But not here. Honest and unflinching, with bursts of dark humor, Autobiography hits true. It's one of the best memoirs I've ever read.

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A New York Times Notable Book

"This is a young woman's first book, the story of her own life, and both book and life are unforgettable." --New York Times

"Engaging and engrossing, a story of grace as well as cruelty, and a demonstration of Grealy's] own wit and style and class."--Washington Post Book World

This powerful memoir is about the premium we put on beauty and on a woman's face in particular. It took Lucy Grealy twenty years of living with a distorted self-image and more than thirty reconstructive procedures before she could come to terms with her appearance after childhood cancer and surgery that left her jaw disfigured. As a young girl, she absorbed the searing pain of peer rejection and the paralyzing fear of never being loved.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780544837393
ISBN-10: 0544837398
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English