David Small's critically acclaimed graphic memoir tells his story in spare harsh prose that brusquely reveals his parents' neglect and abuse and makes his self-preservation all the more astounding. When a possibly cancerous cyst appears on eleven year-old David's neck, Mom shouts "... in case you don't know it, let me teach you something! DOCTORS COST MONEY AND MONEY IS SOMETHING THAT IS IN SHORT SUPPLY IN THIS HOUSE!" Shortly afterwards, Mom and Dad buy a new Cadillac and go on a shopping spree. You get the idea. Small tells his story without self pity or promotion.