Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Fun Home“Graphic novel memoir” is officially one of my favorite genres, because I haven’t read a bad one yet.  It’s one thing to read the intensely personal words of a memoir; add compelling art and suddenly you can see exactly what the author intends you to see.  (Bechdel even includes maps.)  “Fun Home” is the story of a girl whose family runs a funeral home.  At the heart of her story is her father’s secret homosexuality and her own coming-out in later years.  It’s also a portrait of the artist as a young woman, as she struggles to capture the thoughts in her head and effectively express them on paper.  This is one of the very few books I’ve ever read twice in a row.  It’s bleak and lovely and unforgettable.

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