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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 throat cancer and. Mama had her little coughOnce or twice some uiet sobbing out of sightOr the slamming of kitchen doors That was her language Dad home from work went down to the basement and thumped a punching bag That was his language My brother Ted beat on his drum And I too had learned a way of expressing myself wordlesslyGetting sick that was my languageStitches is a poignant sometimes tragicomic memoir of David Small best known as the author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children Through this emotional and cathartic graphic memoir David takes the reader back to his childhood in Detroit which was not a happy one Dad never there except occasionally for one of mother's dry burned little meals ; mother coiled tight inside her shell of angry resentful silence ; my brother in his and I in mineWhen David was eleven a friend of his mother noticed that he had a growth in his neck It took his uncaring and egotistical parents who had other priorities than three years before they decided to let the 'cyst' surgically remove The conseuences were devastating for David but nevertheless at home everything stayed the same Needless to say that the indifferent hostile attitude of his parents left deep scars possibly even deeper than the stitches on his throat David became a resentful teenager and at the age of fifteen he was sent home from his school with the advice to seek psychiatric help This is a very accomplished graphic memoir ; a small masterpiece even The art is gorgeous and highly creative in conveying David's vulnerability emotions and the pain inflicted on him by his oppressive uncaring parents David never learned to speak his mind at home This book shows that he nevertheless found his voice Beautiful unforgettable and highly recommended

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Stitches A MemoirMother to his decision to flee his home at sixteen with nothing 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 visio. David Small's childhood wasn't a happy one His mother was cold emotionless and brutal toward him His father was distant and barely spoke to him His brother was around but just barely Nobody spoke to one another Then we find out about their tormented inner lives His mother was a closet homosexual while his father was numbed by the knowledge that he had given David cancer through x rays His grandmother was an insane person who tried to murder her husband by burning the house down and his great grandfather tried to kill himself by drinking Drano Due to the x rays his father shot at him when he was born David developed a tumour on his throat which led to cancer and after two operations left him with one vocal chord making speaking an enormous task Similar to Alison Bechdel's Fun Home a few years ago David Small's Stitches tells the story of a family and their secrets of pain of triumph and human relationships and of hope The drawing style reminded me of Will Eisner's Small draws without panels and the drawings and words swirl together and spill over onto other pages However Small has enough of a style to call his own The drawings in this book are incredible Flicking back through the book there's something on every page that's extraordinary The ones that stand out are the expressions of emotion David finding a kind fatherly figure in a psychiatrist depicted as the White Rabbit from Lewis Carroll's Alice books and crying The seuence of tears covers several pages and is beautiful Similarly the one page depiction of a now voiceless David expressing his inner frustration toward his parents a screaming mouth within a mouth within a mouth ad infinitum is very powerful There's so much to recommend this book the amazing art the storytelling ability and the power of the story if you're a fan of comics you will love this Even if you're not a big reader of comics there's a lot here to appreciate and like It's a tremendous achievement

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Free read Stitches A Memoir ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ 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 hWas expected to die Small a prize winning children’s author recreates a life story that might have been imagined by Kafka Readers will be riveted by his journey from speechless victim subjected to X rays by his radiologist father and scolded by his withholding and tormented. Wow David Small’s graphic novel Stitches is unlike any graphic novel book I have ever read There are no zombies no superheroes and no arcane or occult subjects at all and yet my jaw dropped than once It took me about an hour to get to the end and it was riveting This reminds me of what a storyboard for an Augusten Burroughs film might look like Very much worth the very minimal investment in time to experience