Dancing at the Pity Party

Dancing at the Pity Party

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Part poignant cancer memoir and part humorous reflection on a motherless life, this debut graphic novel is extraordinarily comforting and engaging.

From before her mother's first oncology appointment through the stages of her cancer to the funeral, sitting shiva, and afterward, when she must try to make sense of her life as a motherless daughter, Tyler Feder tells her story in this graphic novel that is full of piercing--but also often funny--details. She shares the important post-death firsts, such as celebrating holidays without her mom, the utter despair of cleaning out her mom's closet, ending old traditions and starting new ones, and the sting of having the I've got to tell Mom about this instinct and not being able to act on it. This memoir, bracingly candid and sweetly humorous, is for anyone struggling with loss who just wants someone to get it.

Author: Tyler Feder
Publisher: Rocky Pond Books
Published: 04/14/2020
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.30lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.10w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780525553021
Audience: Young Adult

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.5
Point Value: 3
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 510125 / Dancing at the Pity Party: A Dead Mom Graphic Memoir

Award: Sydney Taylor Book Award - Winner

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 02/01/2020 pg. 94
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2020
Publishers Weekly 02/24/2020
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2020 - Book Of Special Distinction
Booklist 04/15/2020 pg. 37
Library Journal 04/24/2020 pg. 1
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2020 pg. 140
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2020 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style

About the Author
Tyler Feder is a Chicago-based artist whose work explores Big Feelings, feminism, and pop culture. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Radio/TV/Film and a fancy certificate in Creative Writing for the Media. After college, she studied comedy writing at The Second City Training Center and began posting drawings online, both of which were equal parts thrilling and terrifying. Since then, Tyler has illustrated Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin's Unladylike, Leah Henderson's Together We March, and many angsty self-portraits. Tyler wrote and illustrated the acclaimed picture book Bodies Are Cool, and she continues to sell prints and the occasional portrait at her long-running Etsy shop, Roaring Softly. Tyler's favorite color is pink (obviously).