I got an ARC of In-Between Days, Teva Harrison’s memoir about living with metastatic breast cancer, through Goodreads.
Harrison is a writer and an illustrator. There are illustrations for every short essay that she’s included in this memoir, and they flow beautifully together; Harrison’s artwork and writing are both polished and very concise when they need to be, while still giving us the detail and the grit that a reader needs to maintain interest.
She doesn’t leave out the hard parts – many cancer essays and memoirs don’t discuss things like vaginismus or the need for vaginal dilators, though Harrison does with no shame. She covers many areas of life, from mini memorials to loved ones who died of cancer to the simple desire to live and grow old.
I truly appreciated the overarching themes of strong womanhood that Harrison shows here. She’s the definition of a fighter. She incorporates a great deal of yonic imagery in her artwork and clearly displays no shame (she shouldn’t, it’s wonderful).
You can get a feel for her writing and comic style by taking a look at her series published through The Walrus. Many, if not all, of these comics are featured in the book itself.
In-Between Days releases on March 14, 2017.
I give this book an 8/10.