by David Small, 329 pages
This graphic memoir recounts the childhood and adolescence of the author as he deals with the dysfunction of his family and the loss of his voice due to thyroid cancer.
There's a lot of pent-up anger and bitterness in these pages and the reader feels both sympathy and antipathy towards just about everybody, including the narrator. But she understands that, in the real world, bad situations do not bring out the best in everyone and she pities the struggles these people deal with, even if they don't always deal with them constructively. She also hopes that, after all this suffering, they have the chance to do and be better in less sad and frightening futures. The fact that this book exists at all may be evidence that, at least in some way, they have.