Today’s Book Spotlight is on Stitches: A Memoir by: David Small.
David Small had an unhappy childhood. His father was a doctor who rarely ever spent time with his son when he wasn’t giving him x-rays for his sinus problems. His mother was withdrawn and angry, refusing to speak for days at at time without telling anyone why. The neighborhood kids pick on him for being sickly and different. He spent most of his time withdrawn into his own little world to cope with the loneliness.
When David was eleven, a friend of the family discovered a lump on his neck. His parents diagnosed it as simple cyst and chose to ignore it for the next three years. When he turned fourteen, he finally underwent an operation to have it removed. What should have been a simple outpatient procedure turned into an overnight stay at the hospital and a second surgery. His parents began to act uncharacteristically nice to him, but no one would tell him why. When he woke up the next morning, he had a long, ugly scar across his neck and he was missing a vocal chord, making him effectively mute.
This graphic novel is the story of what happened to David leading up to and after the surgery. It is a memoir of him dealing with the physical and emotional scars that his parents and medical problems left on him. It is dark at times, but ultimately ends in hope and empowerment. The book seems thick at over 300 pages, but many of the pages are large, wordless illustrations similar to silent movies. If you are interested in dark stories and biographies, you might be interested in this book. If you would like to reserve a copy of this book, please fill out a book request form.