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Stitches: A Memoir...

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 throat cancer and was expected to die. David Small, in Stitches, re-creates a life story that might have been imaged by Kafka. Readers will be riveted by his journey from speechless victim, subjected to x-rays by his radiologist father and scolded by his withholding mother, to his decision to flee his home with nothing more than dreams of becoming an artist. More…


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344 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-393-06857-3

September 2009

Jacket art: David Small

Jacket design: Paul D. Buckley

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Taken on May 15, 2009