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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

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Publisher Comments:

In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. In her hands, personal history becomes a work of amazing subtlety and power, written with controlled force and enlivened with humor, rich literary allusion, and heartbreaking detail.

Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the "Fun Home." It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

An unusual memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father, a historic preservation expert dedicated to restoring the family's Victorian home, funeral home director, high-school English teacher, and closeted homosexual. Reprint.

About the Author

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.”

Table of Contents

Old father, old artificer — A happy death — That old catastrophe — In the shadow of young girls in flower — The canary-colored caravan of death — The ideal husband — The antihero's journey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547347004
Subtitle:
A Family Tragicomic
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Illustrator:
Alison Bechdel
Author:
Alison Bechdel
Author:
Bechdel, Alison
Subject:
Cartoonists
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
CGN000000
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Cartoonists -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-History and Biography
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Alternative
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Nonfiction
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070605
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two-color throughout
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.56 in 0.85 lb

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Cartooning
Biography » General
Biography » Women
Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » General
Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » Nonfiction
Gay and Lesbian » History and Social Science » History and Biographies

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
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Product details 240 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - English 9780547347004 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by , An unusual memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father, a historic preservation expert dedicated to restoring the family's Victorian home, funeral home director, high-school English teacher, and closeted homosexual. Reprint.
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