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Stitches by David Small
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I'm enjoying my TBR Explode project because it's reintroducing me to books I added to my TBR ten years ago. This one was added the day after it came out in September 2009, so I must have been looking at some kind of new releases list.

This is a graphic memoir about the author’s childhood illness and surgery and upbringing. It is DARK. He uses a lot of black and white which makes the entire situation seem bleak (and to be fair, it is,) with depictions of fear and scary and judging faces. David's parents are strict, but his grandmother is the scariest one, and the visit to her is troubling (this bears out in the end of the book in an unexpected way!) Interestingly his grandparents live in Connorsville, Indiana, where my grandmother grew up... in fact if the timeline fit, there's a chance they would have known each other, but it's hard to say.

The other storyline is that of David's illness. Because of the times, his father (a radiologist) thought he could cure David's frequent sickness and cough with frequent radiation treatments, because of which he develops cancer. But they don't tell him, just send him to surgery, after which he is rendered unable to speak.

At the same time, and I feel strange confessing this, but it was a strange phenomenon as a reader. At some point the author/artist says he could see himself through his parent/grandparents' eyes as someone who deserved punishment, and somehow I could see what he saw. Something about how he draws himself makes him seem annoying or weak or unlikeable. I'm not proud.

This might not be for everyone. It's really quite dark and doesn't really have a happy ending, except maybe knowing the author survived in some way since he wrote about it later.
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Reading Progress

September 9, 2009 – Shelved
April 16, 2019 – Started Reading
April 16, 2019 – Finished Reading
April 18, 2019 – Shelved as: read2019
April 18, 2019 – Shelved as: graphic-novels-or-comics
April 18, 2019 – Shelved as: biography-memoir
April 18, 2019 – Shelved as: location-michigan
April 18, 2019 – Shelved as: around-the-usa
April 18, 2019 – Shelved as: tbr-explode

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Komal What is your TBR Explode project?

Jenny (Reading Envy) Komal wrote: "What is your TBR Explode project?"

It's an attempt to revisit my want to read list, starting from the beginning, from when I first started Goodreads ten years ago.

I talk about it a bit here:

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