Stitches by David Small

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Stitches Read Online 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 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 statemen.



Title : Stitches
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ISBN : 0393068579
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 329 pages


Reviews


Carol rated it ★★★★☆

April 19, 2017

My Goodness. Horrendously cruel and unloving parents, a nasty grandma, lies and a shocking surprise lead to a nightmare of a memoir and rather disturbing, but powerful work of graphic art.STITCHES is aptly named with creepy book cover and illustrations to match dipicting a horror of a family and...


Jan rated it ★★★★★

February 20, 2016

Not sure how David Small's Stitches passed me by when originally published back in 2009 - I guess there are just too many fascinating comics coming out these days for me to keep up. Luckily, a few days ago I came across the title in a GR list of comic-book memoirs and finally ordered it from the...


~Geektastic~ rated it ★★★★★

February 21, 2012

If it were up to me, all biographies and memoirs would be written in graphic novel form. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, The Complete Maus, The Complete Persepolis, Blankets ; these are all near-perfect expressions of personal and familial experience. The power of imagery saves the subject matter...


Greta rated it ★★★★★

March 01, 2018

"Mama had her little cough... Once or twice, some quiet sobbing, out of sight... Or 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 wa...


Lyn rated it ★★★★☆

October 18, 2017

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 more than once. It took me about an hour to get to the end and it was riveting. This reminds me of what...


Raeleen rated it ★★★★☆

June 07, 2017

*4.5* WOW. This was a very quick read, but a very interesting one! The art was all in black and white, and looked like it was painted in watercolor paint, which was super cool! The transitions were incredible, and the ending of the book blew me away. Highly recommend.


Oriana rated it ★★★★★

December 12, 2013

book #6 for Jugs & Capes!! Holy motherfuck, this book is intense. It's a real fast read, despite its intimidating heft. And it's just terribly devastating—powerful and aching and sparse and horribly beautiful, and oh also did I mention that it's terribly devastating? I mean, not devastating i...


Mariah rated it ★★★☆☆

November 19, 2016

This book was an interesting graphic novel. There weren't many words, so I got through it very fast! I enjoyed his picture la and the fact that this was a memoir! He had a very hard life!! However, I struggled with the transitions between fantasy and his dreams and reality and the true story. This...


Lindsey rated it ★★★★★

February 28, 2015

This is officially my favorite graphic memoir! Loved it so much!


Mariah rated it ★★★☆☆

March 09, 2017

This book was an interesting graphic novel. There weren't many words, so I got through it very fast! I enjoyed his picture a lot and the fact that this was a memoir! He had a very hard life!! However, I struggled with the transitions between fantasy and his dreams and reality and the true story. T...





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