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Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
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Oct 01, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in December, 2009

I had read Ann Patchett's Truth and Beauty, which is Patchett's work in honor of Lucy Grealy and the friendship that they shared. Truth and Beauty made me want to read Autobiography of a Face. Although it is a little hard to push oneself as a reader to analyze this work beyond the painful descriptions of Grealy's adolescent experience with cancer and over 30 unsuccessful surgeries to re-build her jaw, this book is at its core about mankind's universal need to know and accept oneself and to be loved by others - a theme to which all readers can relate. Grealy tells her story with humor and a refreshingly honest style that cuts to the heart of the issue with the forthrightness that characterizes a young narrator. Definitely worth a read. Her story will stay with you.

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