Cancer Vixen: A True Story

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What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life finds . . . a lump in her breast?

That’s the question that sets this powerful, funny, and poignant graphic memoir in motion. In vivid color and with a taboo-breaking sense of humor, Marisa Acocella Marchetto tells the story of her eleven-month, ultimately triumphant bout with breast cancer—from diagnosis to cure, and every challenging step in between.

One of’s top ten graphic memoirs’s medical book of the year

One of the Wall Street Journal’s five best books on living with illness

Finalist, Books for a Better Life and National Cartoonists Society Graphic Novel of the Year

Four Stars, People Magazine Book of the Week


Praise for Cancer Vixen

“Powerful . . . A vibrant, neon chronicle with plenty of atti­tude . . . A triumph of imagination and spirit.” —Los Angeles Times

“Ebullient . . . Visually invigorating and unflinching.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Irresistibly authentic . . . These words and pictures convey humility and humanity with witty grace and heartfelt power.” —The Miami Herald

“Funny, eye-opening, moving.” —Time