Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Paperback | June 5, 2007

byAlison Bechdel

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A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books. 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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A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books. 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'...

Alison Bechdel is the author of the bestselling memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which was named a Best Book of the Year by Time, Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, People, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. For twenty-five years, she wrote and drew the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For , a visual chronicle of modern life-queer and otherwi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.99 × 6.15 × 0.57 inPublished:June 5, 2007Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0618871713

ISBN - 13:9780618871711

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Introspection and Interior Decoration I was already a fan of Bechdel's Dykes to Watch Our For, but was very impressed by this. Insightful, funny and terrible all at the same time. She has an amazing capacity to set a whole scene, show incredible detail, and yet not over crowd the story. A good visual read.
Date published: 2009-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Interestingly Deep Read I read this book for a course on human development and found myself amazed by its power. The graphics are great (the book wouldn't be complete without them). It does get a little wordy at times but overall a nice book with a lot of meaning.
Date published: 2006-10-01