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Starred Review. This autobiography by the author of the long-running strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, deals with her childhood with a closeted gay father, who was an English teacher and proprietor of the local funeral parlor (the former allowed him access to teen boys). Fun Home refers both to the funeral parlor, where he put makeup on the corpses and arranged the flowers, and the family's meticulously restored gothic revival house, filled with gilt and lace, where he liked to imagine himself a 19th-century aristocrat. The art has greater depth and sophistication that Dykes; Bechdel's talent for intimacy and banter gains gravitas when used to describe a family in which a man's secrets make his wife a tired husk and overshadow his daughter's burgeoning womanhood and homosexuality. His court trial over his dealings with a young boy pushes aside the importance of her early teen years. Her coming out is pushed aside by his death, probably a suicide. The recursively told story, which revisits the sites of tragic desperation again and again, hits notes that resemble Jeanette Winterson at her best. Bechdel presents her childhood as a "still life with children" that her father created, and meditates on how prolonged untruth can become its own reality. She's made a story that's quiet, dignified and not easy to put down. (June)
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That Alison Bechdel kept a childhood journal made Fun Home a perhaps more true-to-life project than it would have been if she'd relied on memory alone. A powerful graphic novel-memoir, Fun Home documents Bechdel's childhood experiences and coming-of-age as a woman and lesbian. At its center lies her heartbreaking relationship with her distant father, which produces emotionally complex and poignant reflections and clean, bitonal images. While detractors cited confusing chronology and repetition of events, literary buffs enjoyed the challenging references to Albert Camus, James Joyce, and classical mythology. In the end, Fun Home "is an engrossing memoir that does the graphic novel format proud" (New York Times).
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One of my favorite graphic novels--it's a winner with both a wonderful drawing style and literary text. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jessie Lissenden
I read this graphic novel after seeing the broadway musical version of it. Little did I know Fun Home would become my favorite graphic novel AND show. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Leslie41
now i can finally understand the bechdel test. also the book was in perfect conditionPublished 6 days ago by Ashley Cable
I saw the show on Broadway and ran out and ordered the book. Heartbreaking-- in a good way.
Recommend (and go see the show)
My 19 years old daughter is reading this book, she is having fun with it,Published 7 days ago by Fernando Barba
*******SPOILERS********Alison Bechdel's Fun Home is 232 page book of largely unsorted, unconnected memories in chronological disarray. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Seth Lankis