Monday, March 7, 2005

Autobiography of a Face

I'm currently reading Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy.

Its about her childhood struggle with cancer... after surviving years of chemotherapy and treatment (including having 1/3 of her jaw removed), she was tormented by teasing and looks for her strange appearance. One side of her face sunk in because she had no structure.

Lucy's a great writer, and the words just glide off of the page. Her story is such a touching and amazingly sad story. Unfortunately, the author met with a tragic end, she became addicted to heroin, overdosed and died.

One of her best friends wrote a book about their relationship and about Lucy, in Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett. Another extremely talented writer, I read this book earlier in the year.

These books really make me realize how lucky I am in my life, despite all my griping and moaning and groaning.