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Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, Anders Nilsen, 2012

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In Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, cartoonist Anders Nilsen tells the story of his six-year relationship with Cheryl Weaver, his fiancée, who died of cancer. Using personal photographs, postcards, letters, and sketches, Nilsen provides the reader a window into the couple’s relationship, despite life not always going according to plan.

In the final chapter, “Hospital,” Nilsen tells of Weaver’s hospitalization through the stark handwritten-journal pages. The chapter details the anxiety and despair the author felt as he watched his fiancée undergo chemotherapy and die.

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