Patchett, Ann. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship
Ann Patchett’s memoir is about her longtime friendship with Lucy Grealy, the very talented author of An Autobiography of a Face who tragically ended her life at age 39. Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy were extremely close friends, beginning in graduate school, and their very different personalities complimented each other over the years. As Ann Patchett described, Lucy was the hare and Ann was the tortoise. This is a wonderful memoir about friendship and the writing life and, in the end, depression and drug addiction. Before or after reading Patchett’s memoir, I recommend that you read An Autobiography of a Face, which is Lucy Grealy’s outstanding memoir about losing part of her jaw to cancer as a child and its effects on her life thereafter. Of course, it is more than that—a meditation on beauty and loss. Both memoirs will stay with you for a long time.