Title Profile & Character Information

Fun Home

Annotation
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.


Awards
2007  Stonewall Book Awards
2007  Lambda Literary Awards
2007  Publishing Triangle Awards
2006  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
2006  New York Times Notable Books of the Year

GenreNonFiction
Domestic
    --Gay
    --Gay and lesbian
    --Lesbian
Graphic novel
Autobiography
TopicsFathers and daughters
Gay men
Funeral industry
Dysfunctional families
Sexual identity
Lesbians
Family tragedy
Family secrets
Comic strips