Graphic novels have come a long way in recent years. So much so that the novel is giving way to non-fiction. With books like Fun Home, American Born Chinese, In the Shadow of No Towers and much more, there’s a growing number of books done in the graphic style that are a far cry from the comic books of my youth.
The latest of these to have caught my eye (and getting a crazy amount of advance press back in May!) is David Small’s autobiographical piece Stitches. Small is an award-winning illustrator of children’s books. But we have no children’s book here! His elegant artwork, reminiscent of his New Yorker cartoons, depict the bleakness of his childhood, the dysfunction of his family set against the backdrop of Detroit at the beginnings of its decline. The pictures in this story are powerful. The story itself is gut-wrenching.
| Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
2009-09 – Hardcover
W. W. Norton & Company