Stitches: A Memoir by David Small [graphic novel]

There are a lot of autobiographies of people who have grown up in dysfunctional families, but nothing quite like this.  First of all, it is in the format of a graphic novel.  Second of all, his story is practically beyond belief.

Since this story is impossible to discuss without giving away major plot points,

BEWARE

OF

SPOILERS

BELOW!

Being the son of a radiologist meant that David was regularly given “radiation therapy” for his asthma and sinus problems.  Having had all of that radiation caused him to develop cancer as a teen.  But, as if that is not bad enough, NO ONE TOLD HIM that he had cancer!  After waking from a surgery that no one expected him to survive, David discovers that he has no voice because they took one of his vocal chords during the surgery.  The mostly-wordless graphic format is the perfect medium for getting across David’s experiences and feelings, especially given the fact that he was literally living without a voice.  A tough read, since you know it’s all real, but definitely worthy of all the praise and the National Book Award nomination.

Happy Reading!

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