Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Fun HomeAlison Bechdel has created a graphic novel about her own life growing up, focusing on the family’s funeral home business and comparing her father’s closeted homosexuality with her own lesbian identity. Time is not linear in this account, rather emotional and literary themes lead us through the book. Really, so much is about the father – his obsessive nature, his concern with presentation and appearance, including constantly improving and restoring their Victorian home. He was also a high school English teacher and there are literary allusions throughout. A complicated, interesting book, full of the wonderful drawings and world view of this artist.

Reviewed by Sue D.