Lighter Than My Shadow

Lighter Than My Shadow

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A graphic memoir of eating disorders, abuse and recovery. Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she'd have to eat it for breakfast. But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behavior might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly. One day you can find yourself being told you have two weeks to live. Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the weak, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 516 pages
  • 196 x 251 x 30mm | 1,724g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1941302416
  • 9781941302415
  • 37,447

Review quote

SHELF-AWARENESS -- The black-and-gray illustrations (with occasional splashes of color) set the tone and mood, depicting the bleakness of living with an eating disorder and the pain of uncovering abuse. The black scribbles are a constant; they stream out of a crevice in her head, they encroach upon her space. They take over one page, then another and another, until there is only darkness. Anyone even remotely familiar with addiction will recognize the immense frustration and weariness with oneself that comes with this process--and anyone who reads this book, addiction or no, has no choice but to experience the malaise along with Katie. The outcome is ultimately positive--Katie's recovery steadies and evens out by the end of the work--but Lighter Than My Shadow depicts the road to recovery with extreme precision and care. It is tedious. It is painful. It is triggering. It is frustrating. It is reco
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About Katie Green

Katie Green is an artist and illustrator living in the south west of England. She studied for a degree in biology before specialising in illustration and going on to create Lighter Than My Shadow, which is her first book.

She publishes a bi-monthly zine, The Green Bean, and shares snippets of her other projects on her website, www.katiegreen.co.uk
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