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Friday, January 21, 2011

Shannon's Pick of the Month


2010 Eisner nominee!  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, he had not been told that he had throat cancer and was expected to die. Readers will be riveted by his journey from speechless victim to his decision to flee his home at sixteen with nothing more than dreams of becoming an artist. Stitches will transform adolescent and adult readers alike with its deeply liberating vision.

I wasn’t sure what to think when I picked up this book, but I was immediately drawn in by the artwork. Thankfully, the story ended up being as good as the art. While I wouldn’t call this a happy story, it does have a generally uplifting ending. It’s a fascinating read for anyone interested in the complexities of familial relationships.

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