Autobiography of a Face Topics for Discussion

Lucy Grealy
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How is Lucy's cancer diagnosed? What does she later say about that initial incident that prompted the diagnosis? When does Lucy realize she had cancer? Why is she "brave?" What comfort does she take in this?

Describe Lucy's attitudes about hospitals in general? About Ward 10?

What does Lucy know about the impending chemotherapy sessions? Who tries to talk to her about this? What does she say about her decision to ignore the details?

How does Lucy deal with her facial deformity? With the loss of her hair? Why does her mother take her to be fitted for a wig? Why does she offer to buy it? What is Lucy's reaction to the possibility of a wig?

How do children react to Lucy's illness and changed appearance? How do adults react? How does Lucy handle taunts and stares? Is it ultimately effective for her?

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