In the Mind's Eye - Lucy GrealyLondon: Century, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges.
From the cover: “I fantasized about reconstructive surgery, about winning the lottery and buying my own private island, about being abducted by space aliens who’d fix me up and plop me down in the midst of a surprised public. And there were still acts of heroism out there waiting to be thrust upon me, whole busloads of babies to be saved and at least one wise, older man who’d read about my heroism in the papers, fall in love with my inner beauty and whisk me away from the annoyance of existence as defined by Spring Valley High School.
Lucy Grealy’s rich fantasy life, great derring-do, and ruthless self examination inform every sentence of this account of childhood cancer and disfigurement. Diagnosed with a rare form of jaw cancer aged nine, it took Lucy twenty years of living with a distorted self-image and over thirty reconstructive operations before she could come to terms with her appearance. As a child she absorbed the pain of rejection and the guilty pleasure of feeling special. As a young woman she internalized the power of being different and the paralyzing fear of never being loved. Heroically and poignantly, she learned to define herself from the inside out.
Although In the Mind’s Eye tells a story most people find frighteningly unimaginable, it is also a poignant and universal memoir filled with familiar, often humorous, details easily recognized by anyone who has ever had a family, been to school, or tried awkwardly to get a good look at their backside in a mirror. It arrives at a time when the worship of beauty is at an all time high as more and more women seek physical perfection. With wit and grace Lucy Grealy awakens in us the difficult truth that beauty, finally, is found far from the place we first think to look.”