Stitches by David Small

small023a1064e93a4e55932464d5667434d414f4541Stitches: A Memoir by David Small

W.W.Norton and Company, New York, 2009

Borrowed from the library.

Stitches is an extraordinary memoir presented in graphic format.  David Small, an award winning children’s book author and illustrator,  has written and drawn a story that covers his life from babyhood to adolescence.

The graphics are pen and ink and ink wash, beautiful, dark and sad.  As with most parents, David’s Mother and Father thought they were doing their best.  Small illustrates the trauma and pain of childhood is a way that moves from reality to dream to nightmare, without being overly dramatic.  David Small’s story is intense but well told and his notes at the end reflect back on his parent’s lives in a very kind and loving way.

This book is turning up on many “Best Books of the Year” lists and the recognition is well deserved.  There are many fine reviews out there.  Here are a few:

Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Boston Bibliophile

Regular Ruminations


Filed under Graphic Novels, Memoir, Review

10 responses to “Stitches by David Small

  1. I have a feeling this will be on my Christmas wishlist. It sounds like a beautiful and moving book.

  2. I read the review at Kathy’s, and immediately wrote it down. Whenever some enterprising person comes up with a graphic novel reading challenge, I’m ready!

  3. I’ve heard of this too – I love a good graphic novel memoir. Thanks for the review!

  4. Lu

    Thank you for the link :)

  5. Thanks for the review. I was wondering what my next graphic novel would be, and now I’ve found it!

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