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Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett
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Aug 05, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fromlibrary, cancer, non-fiction, biography
Read in August, 2009

This is the story of Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy. The love that Ann had for Lucy shines through the pages and the tragedy and heartbreak shows as well. It's the story of a woman who wanted to have a face, wanted to be pretty but her cancer got in the way almost every time. The number of surgeries she endured to try to be normal or look normal were amazing and she never really gave up the hope that something would work. Eventually her disassocation with the real world and inability to accept herself for herself got in the way of her life.

I read Lucy's Autobiography of a Face several years ago and was impressed with her ability to cope with what was going on. This shows another aspect of that struggle, the support she got from others.

Yes, it's sometimes a bit over-sentimental, I could almost see Ann's frustration at not being able to help more or change Lucy so that she wouldn't be so self-destructive, while still wanting Lucy to be Lucy. A hard balance, well written about.

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