Stitches: A Memoir

Stitches: A Memoir

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by David Small
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393068579

ISBN-13: 9780393068573

Pub. Date: 09/08/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award and finalist for two 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: the prize-winning children’s author depicts a childhood from hell in this searing yet redemptive graphic memoir.
One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord

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Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award and finalist for two 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: the prize-winning children’s author depicts a childhood from hell in this searing yet redemptive graphic memoir.
One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old boy had not been told that he had cancer and was expected to die.
In Stitches, Small, the award-winning children’s illustrator and author, re-creates this terrifying event in a life story that might have been imagined by Kafka. As the images painfully tumble out, one by one, we gain a ringside seat at a gothic family drama where David—a highly anxious yet supremely talented child—all too often became the unwitting object of his parents’ buried frustration and rage.
Believing that they were trying to do their best, David’s parents did just the reverse. Edward Small, a Detroit physician, who vented his own anger by hitting a punching bag, was convinced that he could cure his young son’s respiratory problems with heavy doses of radiation, possibly causing David’s cancer. Elizabeth, David’s mother, tyrannically stingy and excessively scolding, ran the Small household under a cone of silence where emotions, especially her own, were hidden.
Depicting this coming-of-age story with dazzling, kaleidoscopic images that turn nightmare into fairy tale, Small tells us of his journey from sickly child to cancer patient, to the troubled teen whose risky decision to run away from home at sixteen—with nothing more than the dream of becoming an artist—will resonate as the ultimate survival statement.
A silent movie masquerading as a book, Stitches renders a broken world suddenly seamless and beautiful again. Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award (Young Adult); finalist for two 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (Best Writer/Artist: Nonfiction; Best Reality-Based Work).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393068573
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Pages:
329
Sales rank:
1,154,670
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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Stitches 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
voyager8 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in under 2 hours and three days later I can't stop thinking about it. What this poor boy went through is more teriifying in it's unfairness alone than any horror comic. I felt shocked and angry that such selfish beings ever exisited and became parents. Mr Small is an amazing writer and artist. I have deep respect for his survival and creativity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very good book the pictures described a lot but the words described more. Smalls really didnt have the best of luck and it shows things can always get worst but there is always somewhere you can go or something you can do to get away from things. If you have an extra hour and a half of your time you should read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down. It had the hair the back of neck standing up. I wish I could my writing could be as clear and breath taking. If it is ever made into a movie. I know the rating will be "R" but it will worth it. The main character in the book made me want grab him and take him to my house.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most dramatic books I have read. Such an easy read but very powerful. The pictures tell the story and you would even understand it even without the words. Amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I 'read' page after page on which not a word was written, yet I was gripped by emotion. I was new to the 'graphic' concept in literature so it came as a surprise to me to feel so many feelings...sadness, outrage, puzzlement, contempt, disbelief....as the story unfolded in this graphic memoir. That a family could be so disfunctional brought sadness. That David Small rose above it all to bring us the work that he has produced brought joy. I found that the drawings and brief words used in telling this story controlled the pace with which I read. Sometimes I rushed to read the next panels. Other times I paused to reflect. The drawings did that to me. I commend the author/artist for being able to do that so well to a reader.
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Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
short story about david small; stitches This book "sticthes" is really interesting. This book spoke to me as a human being because of all the graphics I thought was very cool. First it looked interesting, that it was going to be a since of weird, but when I first read it, it was pretty good tell I kept going then, it just got creepy. But it had a little mystery about davits parents. That would be the little author writing this book when he was a little boy. This book is funny to; I remember the part where David said he fell in love with Alice. David always thought because of her long blonde hair gave her magic powers to go to a magical place. Such as where plants talk, or cats can talk to, and having a potion to be very small. David Small said he also wanted to go to that magical place, so he put on a long yellow towel and ran outside. But mothers pull there kids away from him, because they thought he was crazy or something. Will the authors purpose of writing this book I would say that he wanted to let the people know what a horrible thing happen to David. David Small when he was little he didn't know his parents gave him cancer. David would tell how his parents acted and he also had a big brother. He said they all had a language of expressing themselves. Will like his mother she would smack the cabinet kitchen door all the time when it was really quite around the house. Then his dad had one to, his dad would come home from work and go down to the basement and punch his punching bag, to try to get over what he had done to his son. Then his brother also had one, his brother would beat his drums really loud. But last David had a language also; his language was getting sick all the time. His dad would give him medicine all the time when he had to stay in bed. One of the major theme in this book was when David found out he has cancer by looking at his moms letters, that she wrote, to her friend. He was in shocked he had that since 14 years old, and right now he is 16 years old. Now he got why his parents where so nice to him in the hospital he had to get surgery in, cause someone told him it was a growth but it wasn't. So David decides to move out at 16 years old and becomes a artist, painting, pictures, also drawing. He also found a motel, but it was all broken down. They had people in it living in there. They were couples and friends living together, in a old house. Another theme is he dreams about weird things, when that happens he wouldn't get to sleep, and he would get a little sick sometimes. Which he thought was weird. The author's attempt of writing this book is because he wanted to tell how you should be good to your parents. That you should listen to what they say. That the parents should also be good to there children, that you should be able to tell them anything. Also that you shouldn't leave when your teens. That you should stay in school and get good grades. You would want to have a successful life. Also you would want to have good parents, which would be there for you. That you should think before you do something. What I learned from this book is you shouldn't leave when you 16 or in your teens. That to obey your parents when they say and you shouldn't lie about anything. That you should be able to tell you kids no matter what it is, it's the best way to get through anything even though there hard. That anything could happen in this world with out you knowing. That you shouldn't give up what your really doin
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trinityPJC More than 1 year ago
I did not think much of Gothic Novels until I read this book and I could not put the book down and if you have not tried Gothic Novels - this is the one to read! Reality is sometimes more frightening than the illusions in life. This book is 'chilling' & 'troubling' with a 'dark side' of life in the midst of 'normal' reality. David Small has retold his story in comic theme but is no means to be taken lightly as it is a beautiful new way of telling a hard life story to others. It will be hard for David to top this book as I loved the ending/beginning! Excellent book to add to your/my library collection! Excellent - Thank you David Small!
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