Stitches: A Memoir

by Small, David (Author)

ISBN: 9780393068573

Telling his story in a graphic-novel style, the prize-winning children's author depicts a childhood from hell in this searing yet redemptive memoir.

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, September 2009

Product Dimensions: 9.22 L × 7.32 W × 1.14 H

Publisher Marketing: With this groundbreaking adult graphic-narrative memoir, award-winning children's author David Small takes readers on an unforgettable journey into the dark heart of his troubled childhood in 1950s Detroit, in a coming-of-age tale like no other.

At the age of fourteen, David awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover his throat had been slashed and one of his vocal chords removed, leaving him a virtual mute for ten years. Yet the silence that resulted was in keeping with the atmosphere of suppressed emotion and seething frustration that permeated the Small household, finding expression in the slamming of cupboard doors, the thumping of a punching bag, the beating of a drum.

It wasn't until David came across a hidden letter written by his withholding mother that he discovered he had had cancer. Eventually he would learn that his well-meaning radiologist father may have inadvertently caused his cancer: when X-rays were still considered a cure-all for everything from asthma to sinus conditions, his father had routinely given young David large doses of radiation as treatment for his respiratory problems. What follows is the compelling and ultimately redemptive story of David's struggle to reclaim his voice through art. Readers will be riveted by his journey from speechless victim to the troubled teen who makes the risky decision to flee his home at sixteen with nothing more than dreams of becoming an artist.

Recalling Running with Scissors with its ability to evoke the trauma of a childhood lost, Stitches will transform adolescent and adult readers alike with its deeply liberating vision and humanity.

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