Fun Home – By Alison Bechdel

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Goodreads Synopsis: In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel 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.

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I am incredibly grateful that this book was introduced to me over winter term, this was the book that made me love the entire Graphic Novel and Comics class.

Like many others I had heard of the Bechdel test for movies, but I didn’t know the creator of it. So it was exciting to learn not only that Bechdel is queer, but also an author!

Pretty much from the first page I was drawn into this memoir. I loved the colors, which are shades of light blue with some black and white. I also loved the art style, the writing style and the overall atmosphere of the story. Bechdel takes us into her past and shows what it’s like to be raised by a closeted queer parent, and what it was like to struggle with her own queer identity.

Fun House moved me and inspired me. The way she explores her OCD, her abusive parents and her own failings and to then put that out into the world is nothing short of admirable. I highly recommend reading it and I hope to own it someday soon.  I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.  

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