Autobiography of a Face is a memoir by Lucy Grealy. It was first published in January, 1994. Grealy was an Irish-American author and poet who won many awards for her poetry and autobiography. She died in 2002.
The memoir tells the story of Grealy and her tough childhood. Grealy was diagnosed with a very rare type of cancer when she was 9, a cancer that had an extremely low rate of survival. Luckily enough, she was able to cure it, but it required surgery that changed her life. She had to remove half of her jaw, which, as a child, made her a target for all types of bullying and harassment. Having caring parents, Grealy was bought a horse for which she fell completely in love with and learned so much from. When she grows up, she undergoes a series of plastic surgeries that fix her jaw. The story continues as Grealy suffers from the students and people in the school and how she superbly overcomes all of this and understands the true meaning of beauty and self love.
The memoir received numerous positive comments and reviews from most, if not all, of its readers. For one, it is rated 4 out of 5 on Goodreads. Also, PublishersWeekly wrote in its review: "Her discovery that true beauty lies within makes this a wise and healing book." Designed to inspire, this book is a wonderful memoir that makes us as readers question our view of beauty and how we should love ourselves and ignore all criticisms and obstacles that hinder our way to success.