Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison BechdelFun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

byAlison Bechdel

Paperback | June 5, 2007

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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 dustingcaskets 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."
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 ...
Title:Fun Home: A Family TragicomicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.04 × 6.28 × 0.63 inPublished:June 5, 2007Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0618871713

ISBN - 13:9780618871711

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking, literary read Fun Home was equal parts hilarious, tragic, compassionate, and analytical. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. A note to potential buyers- Bechdel makes a LOT of literary/philosophical references that may go over some readers' heads.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting I read this for a college course and I thought it would be unpleasant or not my type of read. However, it was not that bad; it was pretty interesting. The story is told with flashbacks, so it can get confusing, but it also made it interesting.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pleasantly surprised! I really did enjoy reading Fun Home, especially for a visual learning such as myself it was awesome to have the imagery to accompany the brilliant writing. I recently analyzed Fun Home for my Gender and Sexuality class and I found some brilliant hidden meanings behind some of the drawings and passages and actually had a deeper connection to the novel than I thought I would've had.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a touchstone of biographical comics I think this book succeeds in being both highly emotional but oddly distant and academic. Bechdel discusses much of her life experiences in relation to literature. This can feel alienating, but I think that's the point. It seems Bechdel felt the same - alienated, finding understanding (or meaning) and even relations through literature
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's okay Fun Home is up against its own acclaim, as with any book that receives a lot of buzz I'm automatically more critical on the work. Unfortunately Fun Home is just okay, it's not terrible, but it's not great. I felt as if I was being told the same story again and again from chapter to chapter.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great One of my first graphic novels, had to read it for my university class and it was really good.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really interesting The story was so real and bittersweet. I really enjoyed reading about her journey.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Honest and Open This "tragicomic" is an open account of Bechdel's childhood and her view on her father and his sexuality; as well as an account of her discovery of her own sexuality. Bechdel takes us deep into her childhood through an interesting medium and what ends is a heartbreaking result.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and Heartbreaking and Everything In Between After becoming obsessed with the story, soundtrack, and characters of the musical version, I knew I had to order a copy of this book. I was a bit cautious since the novel is a graphic memoir and I’m not used to reading graphic novels and I usually get through them far too quickly for their price tag, so I watched every clip I could find online of the Broadway show instead, but I’m so glad I picked this up and gave it a chance. The graphic-ness definitely worked for Alison Bechdel’s story (as it does in her Dykes To Watch Out For comic strip series). It is so cleverly and smoothly written, with drawings that only add to the story. A definite must read for anyone interested in queer/LGBTQ+ writings and stories or exceptionally interesting memoirs in general. Fun Home certainly has had a memorable and inspiring impact on my life. I will certainly be reading Bechdel's "Are You My Mother" after being so impressed by this.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This graphic memoir is a thought provoking riveting read. Definitely a must have for those who are into graphic novels.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was in the booklist for one of my courses and I'm so glad it was! Great book to read, I've recommended it to many people I know
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT READ! One of the best graphic novels I have read. The story is wonderful, and I loved reading it a lot.
Date published: 2016-11-29
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

Editorial Reviews

[Alison Bechdel] hits notes that resemble Jeanette Winterson at her best? She's made a story that's quiet [and] dignified." Publishers Weekly, Starred"[With] uncommon richness [and] depth? [Fun Home] shares as much in spirit with? other contemporary memoirists of considerable literary accomplishment." Kirkus Reviews, Starred'Alison Bechdel - she's one of the best, one to watch out for." - Harvey Pekar"If David Sedaris could draw, and if Bleak House had been a little funnier, you'd have Alison Bechdel's Fun Home." - Amy Bloom, author of A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You"Brave and forthright and insightful - exactly what Alison Bechdel does best." - Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina"Stupendous? mesmerizing? The details? are devastatingly captured by an artist in total control of her craft." - Chip Kidd, author of The Cheese Monkeys"One of the very best graphic novels ever." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review"Fun Home must be the most ingeniously compact, hyper-verbose example of autobiography to have been produced. . . . pioneering." - Sean Wilsey The New York Times Book ReviewTIME Best Book of the Year: "A masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other." Time Magazine"One of the best memoirs of the decade ? at once hypercontrolled and utterly intimate." - New York Magazine, 10 Best Books of 2006 New York Magazine"Fun Home must be the most ingeniously compact, hyper-verbose example of autobiography to have been produced ? a pioneering work." - Sean Wilsey The New York Times Book Review"A revelation ? feels like a true literary achievement, something with characters who baffle and disappoint and break hears the way people do in life and in the best of prose." Minneapolis Star-Tribune"Graphic storytelling at its most profound." - a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of 2006 The Los Angeles Times "