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Fun home : a family tragicomic /

by Bechdel, Alison.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006Description: 232 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0618477942 :.Title notes: $19.95 7-2006 (db)Subject(s): Bechdel, Alison, 1960- -- Comic books, strips, etc | Cartoonists -- United States -- Comic books, strips, etc | Graphic novels
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.

$19.95 7-2006 (db)

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Library Journal Review

Bechdel, author of the long-running comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For, has produced a brilliant memoir of her childhood with her closeted gay father. She describes the triumphs and many tragedies of growing up with a grace and intimacy that draws the reader in immediately. Her use of her childhood diaries, writings, and illustrations make this almost an archival work of her family's story and reveals the emotional torment Bechdel endured. (LJ 7/06) (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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