Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Writer Transforms Pain Into Courage.

Byline: Bay Anapol For the Journal

* However, questions in 'Provocations' more compelling than answers

Memoir gives some readers the shudder that comes from too easy familiarity with a stranger, but it fills others with the kind of vicarious thrill that inspires flipping through an ex-lover's journal. It goes without saying that I am of the gleeful variety, and so I particularly admired Lucy Grealy's beautiful memoir, "The Autobiography of a Face." In her powerful first book, Grealy writes of her childhood bout with cancer and the subsequent malformation and extensive reconstruction of her jaw with dark humor and profound meditation on the human fixation with physical beauty and its effects on a growing consciousness. It was possibly as difficult a book to read as it must have been to write, one feels so strongly for Grealy's bravery in the face of an unbearably painful childhood. …

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