Read This! Excerpt from A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings by Will Betke-Brunswick!
Author: Suzi Garcia
November 21, 2022
A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings is an act of loving others and loving oneself, offering a story of coming-of-age, illness, death, and life that announces the arrival of a talented storyteller in Will Betke-Brunswick. At its heart, Will’s story is a celebration of a mother-child relationship filled with unconditional devotion, humor, care, and openness.
During Will Betke-Brunswick’s sophomore year of college, their beloved mother, Elizabeth, is diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. They only have ten more months together, which Will documents in evocative two-color illustrations. But as we follow Will and their mom through chemo and hospital visits, their time together is buoyed by laughter, jigsaw puzzles, modern art, and vegan BLTs. In a delightful twist, Will portrays their family as penguins, and their friends are cast as a menagerie of birds. In between therapy and bedside chats, they navigate uniquely human challenges, as Will prepares for math exams, comes out as genderqueer, and negotiates familial tension.
Excerpted from A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings by Will Betke-Brunswick. Published with permission from Tin House. Copyright (c) 2022 by Will Betke-Brunswick.
By Will Betke-Brunswick
Tin House, 9781953534453, 168 pp.