Textbook

Books Price Comparison (Including Amazon) - Guaranteed Lowest Prices on Books


 

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

 
 
 
 
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Author: Alison Bechdel
ISBN 13: 9780618871711
ISBN 10: 618871713
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: 2007-06-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232
List Price: $14.95
 
 

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.

The New York Times - Sean Wilsey

A comic book for lovers of words! Bechdel's rich language and precise images combine to create a lush piece of work a memoir where concision and detail are melded for maximum, obsessive density. She has obviously spent years getting this memoir right, and it shows. You can read Fun Home in a sitting, or get lost in the pictures within the pictures on its pages. The artist's work is so absorbing you feel you are living in her world.