Saturday, November 03, 2012

Review: Autobiography of a Face

Autobiography of a Face
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is incredible.

About a hundred pages into the book, for no particular reason, I read the afterword by Ann Patchett. She talked about the author's frustration with the book being read purely as a cancer autobiography, because she had crafted it to be a work of art that said something timeless and not cancer specific about truth and beauty. And she accomplished that, brilliantly. She also said some very important things about cancer.

Forget pink and moustaches and ribbons. If you want to raise cancer awareness, go read this book and tell everyone you know to read it too.

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Jennifer said...

did you add patchett's "Truth and Beauty" to your tbr pile??

Amanda said...

I did - but it's on Kindle, so I won't get to it until I leave Canada. (All the more reason to get serious about job hunting!)