From back cover:
At the age of twenty-one, Lisa H. underwent more than eight hours on unprecedented, life-threatening surgery so that she could be "plain enough to be left alone." Lisa had to deal with the scorn and ridicule of people unable to accept her because of her looks.
But Lisa's story is one of compassion as well as cruelty. It tells of the incredible love, trust, and forbearance between Lisa and her family, and of the heroic work of doctors who strove to perform surgical miracles to make Lisa's face "normal."
Told by a reporter to whom Lisa became much more than just another human assignment, Lisa H. is a remarkable tribute to the human spirit.
"It is a human story of love and courage, and it is a fable for our times about the nature of beauty. Severo holds a mirror up to us, and we can't help but wince at what he sees." -Family Weekly
"Severo's account is that of a first rate reporter.... The result is powerful.... Lisa H. is profoundly moving." -People