I finally caught up with my friend Nige last night. We swapped belated Christmas gifts. I gave him a home knitted ( by chris) scarf and a Banksey calendar. He presented me with a first for me.... A graphic novel.
Now, all I do know about graphic novels, is that they are usually horror based ( like the original The Walking Dead series) and usually enjoyed by young men who can't be arsed reading a book.
Graphic novels can be generally described as storyboards similar to the ones used to preempt filming on a movie. They capture the story cinematically, with perhaps a few " bubble" quotes or brief sentence of explanation and rely on the talent of the artist to Push the story forward.
Nigel's choice of Christmas pressie was, I admit, just a little odd, but it has proved to be an extraordinary " read"
Stitches- a memoir is the true story of an abusive childhood in middle class 1950s Detroit .Seen through the eyes of six then eleven year old David, we are introduced to dysfunctional parents an abusive maternal grandmother and family secrets centered around illness, insanity and depression.
Atmospherically and economically sketched Stitches is a profoundly moving and raw story seen from a child's perspective.
I really recommend it.