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
reconstructive surgeries. In Truth & 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.
This is a tender, brutal book about loving the person we cannot
save. It is about loyalty, and being lifted up by the sheer
effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the
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