A Family TragicomicBook - 2006
This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel's sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, it's a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form.
Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned "fun home," as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescense, the denouement is swift, graphic -- and redemptive.
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Bechdel masterfully weaves literary allusion, family stories, and LGBT history into this amazing graphic memoir. If you think you don't like "comic books" you are doing yourself a disservice by passing up this hefty achievement. Introspective, insightful, and witty.
JCLAngelicaR Feb 26, 2016
This is definitely a very different graphic novel read. It’s a graphic novel memoir. A coming-out story. It’s about a self-realization thanks to books in one’s life. It’s about survival while growing up in a dysfunctional family. The book received an extraordinary acclaim. It shows not only an ap... Read More »
JCLBeckyC Jun 15, 2013
Bechdel masterfully weaves literary allusion, family stories, and LGBT history into this amazing graphic memoir. If you think you don't like "comic books" you are doing yourself a disservice by passing up this hefty achievement. Introspective, insightful, and witty. One of my favorit... Read More »
JCLMELODYK Jun 13, 2013
This book was my introduction into Graphic Fiction and what a gorgeous story. The author recounts her family life with her closeted gay father and her long-suffering mother. More tragic than comic.
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