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Fun home : a family tragicomic

by Bechdel, Alison, 1960-

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Call number: Adult Graphic Novel / Bechdel, Alison, 741.5 Be

Available Copies: Traverwood Adult

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Growing Up Gay

Alison Bechdel, most famous for her comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" tells her coming-of-age and coming-out story in this first of two graphic novels. "Fun Home" (which is short for "funeral home," as her parents ran the town's funeral home) tells the story of her parents' unhappy marriage and all the homophobia and other problems Alison and her siblings dealt with as children.
Most of the book takes place in a small town in the 1950s and 1960s, with the occasional trip to New York City. This includes a visit to Greenwich Village shortly after the Stonewall uprising. Bechdel re-creates the famous image of the window on which the Mattachine Society wrote a plea for peace.
As she comes out, Alison learns far more about herself and her family than she ever wanted to know. The plot includes quite a few unexpected twists.
While it's called a "tragicomedy" the book is mostly sad, with the occasional joke. So, be prepared for a few tears.

Great

So many great book references. The first page has a copy of Anna Karenina drawn partially into a frame, and the entire story reflects a lot of themes from that book as well. That sort of reference is constant and I got nerdily excited every time I picked up on one.

Intertextuality

There are a ton of great references in this book to other awesome works of liteature, and Alison does a wonderful job weaving them all together to tell her and her father's story. Truly an amazing book!

Deconstructing Yourself

This is really something. It's a great touch how she incorporates so many author's works into her life story. Like using literary analysis on your own memoir.

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