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Truth and Beauty By Ann Patchett Truth and Beauty Ann Patchett and the late Lucy Grealy met in college in and after enrolling in the Iowa Writers Workshop began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work In Gr

  • Title: Truth and Beauty
  • Author: Ann Patchett
  • ISBN: 9780060572150
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Paperback
  • Truth and Beauty By Ann Patchett Ann Patchett and the late Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writers Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work In Grealy s critically acclaimed memoir Autobiography of a Face, she wrote about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, years of chemotherapy and radiation, and endless recoAnn Patchett and the late Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writers Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work In Grealy s critically acclaimed memoir Autobiography of a Face, she wrote about losing part of her jaw to childhood cancer, years of chemotherapy and radiation, and endless reconstructive surgeries In Truth and Beauty, the story isn t Lucy s life or Ann s life but the parts of their lives they shared This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans twenty years, from the long winters of the Midwest to surgical wards to book parties in New York Through love, fame, drugs, and despair, this is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined and what happens when one is left behind.
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    1. Barbara Mader on said:

      I didn t care for it, for several reasons First of all, I didn t think much of the quality of the writing certainly nothing like Lucy Grealy s in her own memoir Second, I found both women s behavior in the friendship really strange Ann seems completely blank in the relationship, never asserting any real personality, and completely enabling Lucy s neediness and selfishness Lucy just sounded like a black hole, sucking up every bit of attention, affection, needing and extravagant declarations of [...]

    2. K on said:

      Wow what a fascinating experience, to read Truth and Beauty after Autobiography of a Face and then to follow up with Suellen Grealy s angry article I actually thought Truth and Beauty was the better book of the two, although perhaps it s not fair to say that because much of my fascination with Truth and Beauty, at least initially, stemmed from having read Autobiography of a Face and the unique, stimulating opportunity to read one person s memoir and then to read how that person was remembered by [...]

    3. Diane on said:

      This is a beautiful memoir of a friendship between two writers, Ann Patchett and the poet Lucy Grealy I read this back in 2006, and it s still one of my favorite books about the nature of friendship and the bonds that we form with others.Ann met Lucy in college, and later they both attended the Iowa Writer s Workshop As a child, Lucy had suffered cancer of the jaw and her face was disfigured during numerous reconstruction surgeries Lucy wrote the memoir Autobiography of a Face about her experien [...]

    4. Lightreads on said:

      Okay, I m gonna come out and say something earnest here, in a short break from the usual foul mouthed cynicism I think books ought to have courage I think memoirs, out of all books, must have courage And this one doesn t.This is supposed to be the story of a twenty year friendship between two women writers, but in reality this is just a book about Lucy Grealy, the girl who lost most of her face to cancer, the eventual darling of the New York literary scene, the heroin addict The cowardice starts [...]

    5. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan Truth and Beauty Nevisande Ann Patchett ISBN 60572159 ISBN13 9780060572150 Dar 257 Safhe Saal e Chap 2004

    6. Connie on said:

      Truth and Beauty is a memoir about the close friendship Ann Patchett shared with the writer Lucy Grealy At the age of nine, Grealy was diagnosed with Ewing s sarcoma She went through years of radiation, chemotherapy, and reconstructive surgeries of her lower jaw But it was still difficult for her to eat, speak, and kiss Grealy published the successful Autobiography of a Face in 1994 about her experiences.Patchett and Grealy, both graduates of Sarah Lawrence College, became best friends when shar [...]

    7. Eve on said:

      Truth and Beauty is an endearing, wonderfully written memoir about the friendship and love between Ann Patchett and her friend, memoirist poet, Lucy Grealy Complete opposites, Patchett aptly compares their relationship to Aesop s fable characters the grasshopper, ant, tortoise and hare What the story didn t tell you is that the ant relented at the eleventh hour and took in the grasshopper when the weather was hard, fed him on his tenderest store of grass all winter The tortoise, being uninterest [...]

    8. Julie Ehlers on said:

      Oh, my experience rereading this book was so different from my first reading ten years ago Back then, I don t think I d read any Ann Patchett yet I d read Lucy Grealy s Autobiography of a Face and wanted to know about her and how she died Even though Ann was doing the telling, I saw this as Lucy s story.Fast forward ten years I ve now read and loved three of Ann Patchett s novels and a fair amount of her nonfiction pieces I m a fan Rereading Truth and Beauty, I m much interested in Ann s story [...]

    9. Colleen on said:

      I picked up this book because I read Bel Canto and loved it, and loved Ann Patchett s writing style I also think that, in general, friendship does not get enough respect in our society There s a lot of attention payed to family and lovers, but not much to friends This is the story of a friendship between the author and a woman she went to college with They both end up at the University of Iowa s Writer s Workshop at the same time, and a beautiful, life long friendship ensues I loved the beginnin [...]

    10. Glenn Sumi on said:

      A justly acclaimed memoir about the friendship between the novelist Ann Patchett Bel Canto, State Of Wonder and the memoirist poet Lucy Grealy Autobiography Of A Face.The two graduated the same year from Sarah Lawrence, but they became close only when they lived together while studying and teaching at the Iowa Writer s Workshop That friendship continued through their years struggling to publish, win grants and fellowships, on through successes, setbacks, publication, fame and Grealy s untimely d [...]

    11. Dianne on said:

      Truth and Beauty is the story of authors Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy s Autobiography of a Face friendship, commencing from their college days until Lucy s death in 2002 at age 39 The title of the book Truth and Beauty is taken from a chapter and several references in Lucy s book.Lucy Grealy is mercurial, irresponsible, needy, and an immensely talented writer She is seriously facially disfigured from having half of her jawbone removed due to Ewing s sarcoma as a child and from numerous subsequen [...]

    12. Kerfe on said:

      Addicts are not very likable At best I found Lucy Grealy tiresome That was at the beginning of Patchett s memoir about their friendship By the end my feelings for Lucy had turned into active dislike.I don t think this was the author s intent When Lucy dies, she says I had thought I could let her go But now I know I was simply not cut out for life without her I am living that life now and would not choose it But she never made me see why this should be Why was she so devoted to Lucy, why were so [...]

    13. Charlotte on said:

      I learned how not to treat friends.I couldn t believe that Ann didn t end her friendship with Lucy after so many irritating incidents on Lucy s part I would have backed out of sharing an apartment with Lucy if she had jumped up on me when I first arrived at the apartment When Lucy demanded that Ann tell her that she Ann loved her most, why did Ann cater to her wishes The author did not explain to my satisfaction why Lucy continued to have friends Apparently Lucy must have had some sort of charis [...]

    14. Britta Böhler on said:

      I was very interested to read about Lucy Grealy, a brilliant poet who died at 39 But from the very beginning Patchett uses a style that greatly annoyed me and which by want of a suitable word I can only describe as passive aggressive praise By that I mean showering constant praise on someone Lucy and always affirming that this person is talented than the one giving the praise Ann , and intelligent, fun, everything But the praise is laced with tiny, almost imperceptible razor sharp needle pr [...]

    15. Jill on said:

      Awful Both obsequious and patronizing Touted as a memoir of friendship But, sweet Mary, I would not want either of the women as my friend.

    16. Greg on said:

      It s a little confusing to separate all the various emotions and viewpoints associated with Truth and Beuaty because of the agita caused by the Grealey family s dissatisfaction with the book and Suellen Grealey s letter to the Guardian The controversy stems from ideas of ethics and rights Who owns the rights to Lucy s story Is it ethical for Ann Patchett to use Lucy to tell her own story I see both sides although I fall on Patchett s side Reading Beauty, I could see how her family didn t like th [...]

    17. Sandra on said:

      SPOILER ALERT So this is really like a 2.5 star read, but interesting in a train wreck kind of way This is the true story of Patchett s friendship and fascination with fellow author Lucy Grealy from college through Grealy s suicide in her late 30s Grealy suffered from Ewing s sarcoma which claimed a part of her face in childhood and then she permitted it to take her self respect and the rest of her life Grealy told her own story in Autobiography of a Face , and the story should have probably en [...]

    18. Jhoanna on said:

      I didn t know much about Patchett or Grealy before reading this memoir and I still don t, but I love how Patchett details this intense friendship between two writers and gives you a close look at the writing process, how people develop and why we keep writing Here s what Patchett has to say of Grealy What the story doesn t tell you is that the ant relented at the eleventh hour and took in the grasshopper when the weather was hard, fed him on his tenderest store of grass all winter The tortoise, [...]

    19. Carla on said:

      My best friend Audrey gave me this book at the same time she gave me the book Autobiography of a face What a great present I would read them in the order they are written autobiography first The first book is just an interesting story which is well written I really liked this book b c it was mostly about the power of friendship We all know the power of a good relationship with a significant other but rarely is the power of a female friendship written about I can relate to this book in some ways [...]

    20. Judith on said:

      Having recently read State of Wonder and Bel Canto , I became an overnight devoted fan of Ann Patchett And how was I to know that the memoir of her dear friend and fellow author would be just about unreadable The book describes this intense passionate, though platonic friendship with a female poet she met in college The friend, Lucy, was a pitiful victim of cancer which left her without the lower half of her face She underwent over 38 surgeries during her lifetime to try to rebuild her face She [...]

    21. Megan Baxter on said:

      I am often at a loss with memoirs I don t know what I m expecting out of them, or how really to take them As they re about lives, they don t conform to narrative conventions, but as they re not histories, they tend to give little of the context I crave At best, they re someone giving you a glimpse into their life, and that springs vitally from the page At worst, it feels like reading about a stranger, without enough of the context to understand.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due [...]

    22. Skye on said:

      My poor review has nothing to do with Patchett s writing ability I found the story very disturbing, I couldn t understand other than her writing accolades what Patchett got out of this unhealthy friendship Lucy was such a negative, manipulative person that her looks to me were very much beside the point.

    23. Kim on said:

      I have just read two books about female friendship back to back one was the annotated letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok and the other was this one, novelist Ann Patchett s memoir of her all encompassing and troubled friendship with poet Lucy Grealy, who is insecure, needy, and self destructive, but also incredibly gifted It is no spoiler to say that Lucy dies at the end, which is given away on the dust jacket and dedication page Both books were similar in that one party to the frien [...]

    24. Ruth Seeley on said:

      So this was Ann Patchett s third strike and this reader declares her banned from the game in perpetuity Certainly better than State of Wonder and Bel Canto I don t care how many awards that book won, it s bad and I ve wasted enough time trying to figure out what people see in her as a writer.Easy to see what Lucy Grealy saw in her as a friend, though an eager co dependent While the fact that this is not a novel helps Patchett on the plotting front significantly no crazy and unbelievable endings [...]

    25. Kate on said:

      The friendship of Lucy Grealy and Ann Patchett was extraordinary and excruciating I ve had some remarkable friendships in my life, but this book forced serious introspection I identify with Ann, and wonder could I love someone as broken or needy as Lucy Would I have the courage to stand up to a self destructing friend Do I have the fortitude to stick by a friend through gruesome surgeries recoveries Or maybe I am of Lucy searching for Perfect Love, drawing others in for my own amusement, maskin [...]

    26. Kelly Corrigan on said:

      i had never read ann patchett nor had i ever read a book where the muse was a friend there s something so rich and unmined about friendship, especially I think between women I loved this Every page.

    27. Beth Bonini on said:

      The book cover of my Harper Perennial edition features 19th century insect prints of a grasshopper and an ant the pictorial image refers to the Aesop s Fable which Patchett draws upon throughout this memoir of a friendship between two writers Ann Patchett styles herself as the careful, plodding ant, while Lucy Grealy is the devil may care grasshopper who revels in summer s plenty, but then has to beg for food when winter comes These two friends, who attended Sarah Lawrence together as undergradu [...]

    28. Halley Sutton on said:

      There was a time in my life when I would ve said that Bel Canto was my favorite book It wasn t an entirely arbitrary choice, because each time I ve read that book, starting with the first time when I was fourteen, it s astounded me with it s beauty and sensitivity and also what a helluva plot If pressed, I often followed that what s your favorite book question which always struck me as something kind of ridiculous Halley, what s the favorite step you ve ever taken How do I even answer that with [...]

    29. skein on said:

      It s never really clear if Lucy Grealy was as much of a gigantic, useless asshole as Patchett s episodic descriptions inadvertently make her out to be What is clear, abundantly clear, beat you over the head with it clear, is that Patchett needed Grealy than anything at least for a few years And then the friendship sizzled out And then Lucy overdosed heroin and died And this is Patchett s homage to the friend she finally betrayed through growing up through just needing her own, separate life and [...]

    30. Kellie on said:

      This was an incredible book about friendship Lucy Grealy had cancer when she was young, which resulted in several surgeries to remove parts of her jaw These surgeries left her with a deformed face Ann met Lucy in her early 20 s She immediately befriended Lucy and felt chosen by Lucy and was thrilled Lucy had a lot of friends But it never seemed to be enough Ann beautifully describes her friend in these words, Lucy s loneliness was breathtaking in its enormity If she emptied out Grand Central Sta [...]

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