Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 in
Published: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0544002237
ISBN - 13: 9780544002234
About the Book
From the bestselling author of "Fun Home," "Time" magazine's No. 1 Book of the Year, a poignant and hilarious graphic memoir of Bechdel becoming the artist her gifted mother always wanted to be.
From the Publisher
From the best-selling author ofFun Home,Timemagazine''s No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.
Alison Bechdel''sFun Homewas a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel''s childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It''s a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel''s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother-to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.
About the Author
is the author of the bestselling memoirFun Home: A Family Tragicomic,
which was named a Best Book of the Year byTime, Entertainment Weekly,New York Times, People, USA Today,Los Angeles Times,Village Voice,
andSan Francisco Chronicle,
among others. For twenty-five years, she wrote and drew the comic stripDykes to Watch Out For
, a visual chronicle of modern life-
queer and otherwise-
considered "one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period." (Ms.) Bechdel is guest editor ofBest American Comics
, 2011, and has drawn comics forSlate, McSweeney''s, Entertainment Weekly, Granta,
andThe New York Times Book Review.
"In Are You My Mother? , Alison Bechdel poses an infinity of thought-provoking questions about women, literature, feminism, family bonds, psychology and the complicated relationship between therapist and patient...The book is a page turner, thanks in part to Bechdel''s lovely and subtle illustrations. Bechdel''s examination of her relationship with her mother also touches on the universal push and pull between mothers and children...The book''s transcendent ending is Bechdel''s expression of love for her own ''good enough mother.''"- USA Today "Sad, funny, sprawling graphic memoir...An intensely personal, specific story, but Bechdel''s imaginative narrative techniques make it easily as compelling as any fiction...Its stylistic flexibility accomodates more layers than any straight documentary or prose memoir could support...This work is her link in the long chain connecting her foremothers and their daughters and all of the other women who shaped her."- The Atlantic "A staggering achievement...Although Bechdel utilizes all the features of the graphic-novel form, she is so intelligent and perceptive that this story of self-discovery (an abused term, but never more apt) would still be compelling if told only in prose...Are You My Mother? is a masterwork that gracefully documents the torture that sensitive people can put themselves through while searching for the casual movers of their lives."- The Daily Beast " Are You My Mother? is a tremendously intimate work, more so even tha