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A girl's incredible endurance, understanding, and insight in the face of a disfiguring cancer make this an unforgettable self-portrait.
Although Lucy has been dead for a few years one can lean so much about empathy from her story.
One should also read Anne Patchett's book about Lucy Grealy called Truth and Beauty.It is about their 18yr friendship. I loved Anne's book about Lucy, and the strength Lucy had until the very end.
Grealy tells her life story beginning from about age 9 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer. In stark and touching detail Grealy shares her remarkable strength, humor, and resilience as the cancer progresses. The cancer eventually takes 1/3 of her jawbone. Her struggles to remain 'normal' and continue to give and receive love are beautifully written in this moving story.
This book is astounding, both in this talented writer's storytelling skills and also in her amazingly honest, raw, heart-wrenching, insightful, funny and deep life story. I can't recommend this book enough. An important and yet at times, painful read, with humanity and grace surfacing often throughout these pages. Though I'm an avid library user/reader, I loved this book so much I had to own a copy myself. It's been lent to many a person I know.
I found this book to be incredibly thought provoking. Don't read before bed, you will be thinking too much to sleep!