Review – Stitches by David Small


Stitches by David Small is a graphic memoir that covers Small’s life from age 6-16 and then a flash forward to his 30s.  It is the visual unloading of tragedy and and Small’s attempt understand everything that happened to him as a child.  You can feel his anger in these drawings.  There is so much to praise in this graphic memoir.  It is brutally honest; Small seems to have left no ground uncovered when it comes to his mother and father.  Everything is here, drawn in clean, beautiful lines.  Never has the art of a comic moved me as much as it did here.  Reading Stitches is not really something you can explain, it is something to be experienced.  You will find things here that will horrify you, but also things that will remind you of your own family.   There are terrifying and sad moments, but innocent ones as well.

I don’t want to tell you the plot of Stitches, in fact I’m having difficulty talking about it intelligently at all.  All you need to know is that it is absolutely stunning, tragic and beautiful, all at once.  All you need to do is read it for yourself.  So please, get out there and get yourself a copy.



So go read this!: NOW| tomorrow |next week | next month | next year | when you’ve exhausted your TBR pile

Also read and reviewed by:

7 Impossible Things
Citizen Reader

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19 thoughts on “Review – Stitches by David Small

  1. Ooo, this is one of the books that I can see from my window across the street in the window of the bookstore…! I’ve nearly picked it up a couple of times, but I’m in a strict “no touching” phase. Glad you liked it – I’ll have to get my library to ILL it for me. 🙂

  2. Hmm, you intrigue me. I accidentally read a synopsis of the plot of this, and it sounded a little too heavy for me at that particular moment…but now that I’ve read your review, I’m torn. Maybe I’ll save it for a time when I’m feeling particularly stable emotionally. 🙂

    1. Emily:

      There is no doubt about it: this is one heavy book. It’s absolutely heart-breaking, but it’s beautiful too. And touching at the end. It’s something you need to be in the right mind for, but so worth it!!! 🙂

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