“Stitches” is more than a memoir; it is also, in part, a graphic novel. David Small’s tale of childhood abuse and neglect comes to life through narrative and ink drawings depicting the events of his troubled adolescence. Bookmarks Magazine praises the book’s “Alice in Wonderland whimsy” and says, “By turns appalling, intense, moving, and inventive, ‘Stitches’ speaks volumes through pictures and words.” Indeed, it is often the unspoken that most deeply affects readers, as evidenced by this review by Jules Feiffer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist:
David Small presents us with a profound and moving gift of graphic literature that has the look of a movie and reads like a poem. Spare in words, painful in pictures, Small, in a style of dry menace, draws us a boy’s life that you wouldn’t want to live but you can’t put down.