The year is 1990; a lump in the groin which Harvey had ignored has enlarged and his wife convinces him to have it checked out. It turns out to be a lymphoma and thus begins the yearlong chronicle. Intertwined with the couple's struggle with diagnosis and treatment is their decision to buy a home, and Joyce's work with an international group of teenagers who have survived war. However, the bulk of this unconventional work depicts in a stark and straightforward way the energy necessary to survive not just cancer, but cancer treatment.


Pekar is best known for his comic book series "American Splendor" which depicts his daily life in Cleveland, Ohio. Brabner, a comic book journalist writing about peace and justice, is best known for her "Real War Stories" series. The book was illustrated by Frank Stack, an award-winning professor of art at the University of Missouri.


Pekar's life story--including how he met and married Joyce Brabner, and how he experienced cancer and its treatment--was made into an excellent film, American Splendor (2003).


Four Walls Eight Windows

Place Published

New York