Truth and Beauty
Ann Patchett and the late Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writer's Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In Grealy's critically acclaimed memior, Autobiography of a Face, she wrote about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, years of chemotherapy and radiation, and endless rec...more
This is the story of a friendship between the author and a woman she went to college with. They both end up at the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop at the same time, and a beautiful, life-long friendship ensues. I loved the b...more
I couldn't believe that Ann didn't end her friendship with Lucy after so many irritating incidents on Lucy's part. I would have backed out of sharing an apartment with Lucy if she had jumped up on me when I first arrived at the apartment.
When Lucy demanded that Ann tell her that she (Ann) loved her most, why did Ann cater to her wishes?
The author did not explain to my satisfaction why Lucy continued to have friends. Apparently Lucy must have had some sort...more
Both books were similar in that one party to the fr...more
"What the story doesn't tell you is that the ant relented at the eleventh hour and took in the grasshopper when the weather was hard, fed him on his tenderest store of grass all winter. The tortois...more
Things were great for me when they were bonding and in grad school. Things didn't make as much sense to me when they were becoming famous authors. Like with the book Comfort I started to wonder if maybe this was a subject I couldn't wrap my brain around. But then...more
I don't think this was the author's intent. When Lucy dies, she says: "I had thought I could let her go. But now I know I was simply not cut out for life without her. I am living that life now and would not choose it." But she never made me see why this should be. Why was she so devoted to Lucy, w...more
Patchett's book fills in all those blanks. Her stor...more
Easy to see what Lucy Grealy saw in her as a friend, though - an eager co-dependent. While the fact that this is not a novel helps Patchett on the plotting front significantly (no more crazy and unbeliev...more
A very close friend of mine sent this book to me and it is highly appropriate that she would want me to read it.
This book shows exactly how we as humans can, and and do love others so very, very much; even when the person you love is totally the opposite in personality than you are.
These two friends are both writers. One a poet, and memoirist (Lucy Grealy), and the other a writer of novels (Ann Patchett). Meeting for the first time in college they end of becoming roommates and then...more