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Mom's Cancer

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Awards

2005 Eisner Award Winner for Best Digital Comic

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Each year, approximately 1.5 million people in the United States and Canada are diagnosed with cancer. This is one family's story.

Winner of the 2005 Eisner Award in the category of Best Digital Comic for the original Web version, Mom's Cancer is now available as a graphic novel. An honest, unflinching, and sometimes humorous look at the practical and emotional effect that serious illness can have on patients and their families, Mom's Cancer is a story of hope-uniquely told in words and illustrations.

Brian Fies is a freelance journalist whose mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. As he and his two sisters struggled with the effects of her illness and her ongoing recovery from treatment, Brian processed the experience in his journal, which took the form of words and pictures.

The story that came to be known as Mom's Cancer first gained notice on the internet. It was posted anonymously, with the intention of sharing information and insights gained from his family's experience. Thanks to the words and illustrations of Brian Fies, readers have already responded that they were surprised and gratified to realize that they weren't along.

Review:

"Don't let the title put you off: collecting the Eisner Award-winning Web comic of the same name, this story is more about how a life-altering event affects an entire family than another Lifetime disease-of-the-week story. When freelance writer Fies finds out his mother has both lung cancer and a brain tumor, her attempts to fight the disease — including rounds of radiation and chemotherapy — pull her entire family into the struggle. Fies is gentle but honest in telling his story. He refrains from painting his mother as a saint, depicting her instead as someone getting through a horrible situation by refusing to acknowledge just how bad it is. Nor does he shy away from the more complicated emotions his mother's health generates, including a sometimes heated rivalry with his two sisters (knowledgeable 'Nurse Sis' and empathetic 'Kid Sis'). Fies is most compelling when he finds insight in small details unique to his mother's experience, such as the strength she draws from a leather purse her father made while confined in a tuberculosis sanitarium. The clean, simple comic-strip quality of Fies's art fits the story perfectly, highlighting the gravity of the situation while cutting away undue sentimentality. Mom's Cancer is a quiet, courageous account of one family's response to a universal situation." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Brian Fies is a writer and cartoonist who lives in Northern California with his wife, twin teenage daughters, and three cats. Mom's Cancer is his first graphic novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810958401
Author:
Fies, Brian
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Subject:
General
Subject:
Diseases - Cancer
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
March 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
128 pages, 112 B/W and color illustratio
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
5.68x7.30x.65 in. .70 lbs.
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » General
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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Cancer

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Product details 128 pages Harry N. Abrams - English 9780810958401 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Don't let the title put you off: collecting the Eisner Award-winning Web comic of the same name, this story is more about how a life-altering event affects an entire family than another Lifetime disease-of-the-week story. When freelance writer Fies finds out his mother has both lung cancer and a brain tumor, her attempts to fight the disease — including rounds of radiation and chemotherapy — pull her entire family into the struggle. Fies is gentle but honest in telling his story. He refrains from painting his mother as a saint, depicting her instead as someone getting through a horrible situation by refusing to acknowledge just how bad it is. Nor does he shy away from the more complicated emotions his mother's health generates, including a sometimes heated rivalry with his two sisters (knowledgeable 'Nurse Sis' and empathetic 'Kid Sis'). Fies is most compelling when he finds insight in small details unique to his mother's experience, such as the strength she draws from a leather purse her father made while confined in a tuberculosis sanitarium. The clean, simple comic-strip quality of Fies's art fits the story perfectly, highlighting the gravity of the situation while cutting away undue sentimentality. Mom's Cancer is a quiet, courageous account of one family's response to a universal situation." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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