Monday, 22 June 2009

Graphic Memoir

Finished June 20
Stitches: a memoir by David Small
I read an advanced reading copy of this new graphic memoir (to be released in September) and could hardly put it down. Small details his unhappy childhood, from the lack of affection in his family to mental illness of family members. He had throat cancer while in his teens, a result of x-ray treatments his father subjected him to, but his family never told him of his diagnosis. David left home at the age of sixteen, while still in high school, and found mentors that encouraged his talents.
This is a story of success through adversity, and I found David's straightforward honesty very engaging. He is already known for his successful picture books and I'm sure this new graphic memoir will be a hit as well.

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