Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Paperback)

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This is a great story, it's hard to tell where her comedy ends & her tragedy begins. Her father was a self loathing narcissist, & not much of a father. He threw himself into the restoration of there family home as if he was repairing himself. However, when his cracks keep showing through, he throws himself in front of a truck. — Northshire Staff

The memoir that inspired the hit Broadway musical!
Alison Bechdel (of the Bechdel Test) explores her complex relationship with her father - a funeral director and high school English teacher - who struggled his whole life with his sexual orientation. Flipping through time, the author shows her life as a child, tip toeing around cold parents, her college self, finding love and coming out to her parents as gay, and her adult self, trying to fit the pieces together after her father's sudden death. With honest words and stark illustration, this is a powerful memoir. — Leah Moore

The Vermont based Bechdel relates the story of her coming out and the discovery of her father's closeted life. Beautifully rendered and unsentimental, this is an adult comic that is filled with artistic and emotional possibilities. — Charles Bottomley


Time Magazine #1 Book of the Year • National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist • 
Winner of the Stonewall Book Award •  Double finalist for the Lambda Book Award 
Nominated for the 
GLAAD Media Award
Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir that charts her fraught relationship with her late father. 
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.
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.

About the Author

ALISON BECHDEL’s cult following for her early comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For expanded wildly for her family memoirs, the New York Times bestselling and Time magazine #1 Book of the Year graphic memoir Fun Home, adapted into a Tony Award-winning musical, and Are You My Mother? Bechdel has been named a MacArthur Fellow and Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont, among many other honors. The Secret to Superman Strength is her third graphic memoir. 

Praise For…

"A splendid autobiography...refreshingly open and generous." Entertainment Weekly 

"Fun Home must be the most ingeniously compact, hyper-verbose example of autobiography to have been produced. . . . pioneering." The New York Times Book Review 

"A masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other." Time Magazine

"Graphic storytelling at its most profound." Los Angeles Times, Favorite Book of the Year

"The great writing of the twenty-first century may well be found in graphic novels and nonfiction....Alison Bechdel's Fun Home is an astonishing advertisement fro this emerging literary form." —USA Today 

"Brilliant and bittersweet." The Boston Globe

"Beautiful combines the mundane with the macabre, adding doses of wry, poignant humor on every page." —Washington Post

"One of the best memoirs of the decade ... at once hypercontrolled and utterly intimate." New York Magazine, Best Books of the Year 

"A revelation ... feels like a true literary achievement, something with characters who baffle and disappoint and break hears the way people do in life and in the best of prose." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"If David Sedaris could draw, and if Bleak House had been a little funnier, you'd have Alison Bechdel's Fun Home." —Amy Bloom, author of A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You

“Alison Bechdel – she’s one of the best, one to watch out for." —Harvey Pekar

" enormously successful work." —Village Voice 

"A staggeringly literate and revealing autobiography." Seattle Times  

"Brave and forthright and insightful--exactly what Alison Bechdel does best." —Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina

"Stupendous...mesmerizing...The details...are devastatingly captured by an artist in total control of her craft." —Chip Kidd, author of The Cheese Monkeys

"[Alison Bechdel] hits notes that resemble Jeanette Winterson at her best...She's made a story that's quiet [and] dignified." —Publishers Weekly, Starred

"[With] uncommon richness [and] depth...[Fun Home] shares as much in spirit with...other contemporary memoirists of considerable literary accomplishment." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"One of the very best graphic novels ever." —Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780618871711
ISBN-10: 0618871713
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: June 5th, 2007
Pages: 240
Language: English