Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 232 pages
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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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Great writing, great illustrations. - LibraryThing
Sharp and compelling storytelling. - LibraryThing
Wonderful, detailed illustrations. - LibraryThing
A profound work in graphics. - LibraryThing
Her storytelling style is humorous, sad, and poetic. - LibraryThing
Not sure about the ending, though. - LibraryThing

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As a teacher I have been looking for graphic novels that have sufficient substance to bring into my classroom. From the outset, I must say this title would only be suitable for MATURE high school ... Read full review

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I enjoyed the story. I think it would have meant more to me if I knew the references better. But you can read it without having read James Joyce. Read full review

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Contents

OLD FATHER OLD ARTIFICER
1
A HAPPY DEATH
25
THAT OLD CATASTROPHE
55
IN THE SHADOW OF YOUNG GIRLS IN FLOWER
87
THE CANARYCOLORED CARAVAN OF DEATH
121
THE IDEAL HUSBAND
151
THE ANTIHEROS JOURNEY
187
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About the author (2007)

ALISON BECHDEL has been a careful archivist of her own life and kept a journal since she was ten. Since 1983 she has been chronicling the lives of various characters in the fictionalized ?Dykes to Watch Out For” strip, ?one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period” (Ms.). The strip is syndicated in 50 alternative newspapers, translated into multiple languages, and collected into a book series with a quarter of a million copies in print. Utne magazine has listed DTWOF as ?one of the greatest hits of the twentieth century.”

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