Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Graphic Novel

Described by The Times of London as “a profound and important book” Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is an autobiographical graphic novel by American comic writer and artist Alison Bechdel. First published in 2006, this graphic novel has received highly positive acclaim from critics. It has won several award and was nominated for 2007 Eisner Awards.

In Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Bechdel depicts her life journey, especially her relationship with her father and her lesbianism. The theme of lesbianism and Bechdel’s father suicidal tendency has raised some controversy. Despite all that, it is still considered one of the best work in contemporary graphic novel.

In 2012, Alison Bechdel wrote another graphic novel to accompany Fun Home, in which she explored her relationship with her mother. The book is entitled Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

WARNING: This graphic novel contains adult themes and some adult images.

Review of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic


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.

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