Our Cancer Year

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Four Walls Eight Windows, 1994 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 252 pages
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It was the year of Desert Storm that Harvey Pekar and his wife, Joyce Brabner, discovered Harvey had cancer. Pekar, a man who has made a profession out of chronicling the Kafkaesque absurdities of an ordinary life - if any life is ordinary - suddenly found himself incapacitated. But he had a better-than-average chance to beat cancer and he took it - kicking, screaming and complaining all the way. The Pekar/Brabner coalition draws upon this and other trials to paint a portrait of a man beset with fears real and imagined - who survives. Our Cancer Year, Pekar and Brabner's first book-length comic, is the most human of stories. It is a true and unflinching account of two people battling cancer. But it is also a record of what happened to seven teenagers - young activists from Cambodia and the Middle East, friends of Joyce's - and two difficult adults, as Operation Desert Shield turned into Operation Desert Storm.

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User Review  - E.J - LibraryThing

The illustrations were a little hazy, but maybe they were supposed to be that way to go along with the hazy mind that took over during chemo and radiation. I took care of my mom when she went through all this and this book struck a chord with me. Read full review

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User Review  - wilsonknut - LibraryThing

I know some will think I’m committing heresy when I say I did not like this nonfiction graphic novel. I imagine some of my dislike is due to the fact that I’m also reading So Much For That by Lionel ... Read full review

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