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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
by Alison Bechdel

Published: 2007-06-05
Paperback : 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. ...
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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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by [email protected] (see profile) 06/18/21

It was the first graphic novel that Iâ??ve read and it gave me a headache. I struggled to get into the story because of it.

 
  "Great discussion"by kiwiob (see profile) 07/29/16

This is a really quick read - and very unique. We had an excellent discussion on this one!

 
  "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic"by nikol777 (see profile) 09/17/09

I enjoyed reading this book for many reasons. It was in graphic form which is a different form than I usually read and this made the story a bit more fun as well as a little less serious even though the... (read more)

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