Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

Are you My MotherSubtitled “a comic drama,” this is an unusual book. In graphic novel form, the author examines her own relationships with her mother and her lovers in the light of psychoanalytic theory. There are quotations from her past journals, bits of the writings of Donald Winnicott and others, and many dialogues with her mother. This is very personal stuff. The drawing is wonderful and, considering the complexity of the issues involved, the story is well-laid out, using Winnicott’s ideas of child development to integrate her own experience. Fascinating, though not really light reading – even with the “comic” art.

Reviewed by Sue D.

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