Dancing at the Pity Party
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.
Captioned full-color family photographs. Full-color illustrations.
JLG Release: Sep 2020
Awards & Honors
2021 Sydney Taylor Young Adult Literature Award
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
School Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly*, Library Journal, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Booklist*
School Library Journal
9" x 6"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Mild Language , Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life , Violence: Death
Tyler Feder (1989- ), Mothers and daughters, Children of cancer patients, Terminally ill parents, Death of a parent, Grief, Bereavement, Memoirs, Graphic novels, Healing,