at age nine with Ewing's sarcoma, a cancer that severely disfigured
her face, Grealy lost half her jaw, recovered after two and half
years of chemotherapy and radiation, then underwent plastic surgery
over the next 20 years to reconstruct her jaw. This harrowing,
lyrical autobiographical memoir, which grew out of an award-winning
article published in Harper's in 1993, is a striking meditation
on the distorting effects of our culture's preoccupation with
physical beauty. Extremely self-conscious and shy, Grealy endured
insults and ostracism as a teenager in Spring Valley, N.Y. At
Sarah Lawrence College in the mid-1980s, she discovered poetry
as a vehicle for her pent-up emotions. During graduate school
at the University of Iowa, she had a series of unsatisfying sexual
affairs, hoping to prove she was lovable. No longer eligible for
medical coverage, she moved to London to take advantage of Britain's
socialized medicine, and underwent a 13-hour operation in Scotland.
Grealy now lives in New York City. Her discovery that true beauty
lies within makes this a wise and healing book.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition
of this title.
Our deepest sympathies to Barbara for the loss of her husband,
Richard Brophy. He was a great man and will be sorely missed
by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your
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