Library staff recommendation: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
By Alison Bechdel
741.50924 B387f Greenfield Open Stacks

This graphic memoir is emotionally powerful while remaining enjoyable. Bechdel tackles subjects such as homosexuality, fidelity and death using text and images that are tender, painstakingly rendered and suggestive. Exploring her past in the format of a graphic novel makes her story feel very personal. Drawing the reader in through colorless imagery, her text then elaborates on the sadness and struggle illustrated on the faces of her characters.

She recounts growing up in rural Pennsylvania, focusing her memories on her relationship with her father. Discovering her own sexuality as she matures, Bechdel reflects on her childhood with the knowledge that her father was gay. She is honest and insightful, sharing private details that occasionally make the reader wince with sympathy and discomfort.

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