Stitches: A Memoir (Paperback)

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Stitches, quite frankly, blind-sided me. The sketchy, black and white imagery keeps you in the ghostly and emotionally vulnerable space that was the childhood of author, David Small. I was constantly stuck between studying every image in this graphic novel, while at the same time yearning to get to the next frame. It combines beautifully illustrated, extreme-perspective shots, with gut-wrenching family dysfunction and silent pain. If you’re looking for something that will make you “feel” with just a few pencil strokes, definitely read this book.

— Josh


The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist that "breaks new ground for graphic novels" (Francois Mouly, art editor, The New Yorker).

David Small, a best-selling and highly regarded children's book illustrator, comes forward with this unflinching graphic memoir. Remarkable and intensely dramatic, Stitches tells the story of a fourteen-year-old boy who awakes one day from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he has been transformed into a virtual mute—a vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot. From horror to hope, Small proceeds to graphically portray an almost unbelievable descent into adolescent hell and the difficult road to physical, emotional, and artistic recovery.

A National Book Award finalist; winner of the ALA's Alex Award; a #1 New York Times graphic bestseller; Publishers Weekly and Washington Post Top Ten Books of the Year, Los Angeles Times Favorite Book, ALA Great Graphic Novels, Booklist Editors Choice Award, Huffington Post Great Books of 2009, Kirkus Reviews Best of 2009, Village Voice Best Graphic Novel, finalist for two 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (Best Writer/Artist: Nonfiction; Best Reality-Based Work).

About the Author

David Small author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Stitches, is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal, the Christopher Medal, and the E. B. White Award. He and his wife, the writer Sarah Stewart, live in Michigan.

Praise For…

A profound and moving gift of graphic literature that has the look of a movie and reads like a poem.
— Jules Feiffer

Small…employs angled shots and silent montages worthy of Alfred Hitchcock.
— Washington Post

A breathtaking, horrific, and ultimately redemptive work.
— Miami Herald

David Small’s Stitches is a master class in how to use silence, both internal and external, to convey emotion and meaning.

— Jo Ann Beard - New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393338966
ISBN-10: 0393338967
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 13th, 2010
Pages: 336
Language: English