Fans of graphic novels and devotees of dark family stories alike will want to come to hear David Small when he discusses his memoir Stitches, Tuesday, September 15, at 7:30pm.
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, recreates 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.
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