Fun Home

A Family Tragicomic

Bechdel, Alison

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Fun Home
This book takes its place alongside the unnerving, memorable, darkly funny family memoirs of Augusten Burroughs and Mary Karr. It's a father-daughter tale perfectly suited to the graphic memoir form. Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian house, 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 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 adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic, and redemptive.--From publisher description.

Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin,, [2006], ©2006
ISBN: 0618477942
Branch Call Number: 921 Bechd
Characteristics: 232 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jan 03, 2015
  • uncommonreader rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This autobiographic, graphic novel is about a girl becoming aware of her sexuality, her slightly eccentric family, and her relationship with her closeted gay father. I found it self-indulgent and felt that she was mining her family for commercial success.

Oct 17, 2014
  • notthatjenn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's hard to say that a story involving repressed sexuality, dysfunctional families, and a hard path to the self is a fun read, but if it's possible for these to be fun, they are in Fun Home. I love stories and I love being surprised. Every time I thought the story was veering off course, I was delighted to see how the author was actually building a complex and nuanced story.

Oct 06, 2014
  • woofs4 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I truly enjoyed the novel and found it quite moving. Alison's ~ yes, you feel that close to her ~ occasional desire to scream certain truths was something I could identify with. This was the first time I read a graphic novel from start to finish. (I was a snob about and yet at the same time intimidated by the form.) I believe it was a fulfilling and heartfelt way to be introduced.

Jan 20, 2014
  • joywolf83 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

very repetative.

Nov 08, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

the graphics made it a quick read, and i did not need to finish it because the ending just continues the events already repeatedly described.

Oct 03, 2013

Bechdel extends the autobio comics form by including numerous allusions to Camus, Proust, Joyce, and other literary greats. The result is an occasionally wordy, intellectualized meditation on her youth with her troubled, closeted father. Still, it's a brave work, intimate and frank where it counts.

Sep 11, 2013
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Often presented to me as an essential for readers of graphica, I can't say that I was disappointed. The term "tragicomic" is certainly apropos here. Alison Bechdel writes (and draws) of her life growing up with distant parents, specifically her closeted gay father. As she begins to understand her own sexual identity she looks to her father's life as an answer for hers.

It's a painful story as much as it can be seen as funny at points. It's an LGBT history lesson in someways as much as it is about a daughter trying to understand her father - and one of the few ways they manage to connect is through books.

If you're a fan of memoir, of LGBT stories, graphica or not, you will love this.

Jun 24, 2013

Don't be put off because it's a graphic novel; the writing is terrific!

Jun 15, 2013
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bechdel masterfully weaves literary allusion, family stories, and LGBT history into this amazing graphic memoir. If you think you don't like "comic books" you are doing yourself a disservice by passing up this hefty achievement. Introspective, insightful, and witty. One of my favorite books of all time.

Jun 13, 2013
  • JCLMELODYK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was my introduction into Graphic Fiction and what a gorgeous story. The author recounts her family life with her closeted gay father and her long-suffering mother. More tragic than comic.

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Sexual Content: Some nudity and sexual acts.


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  • emkeller rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"If there was ever a bigger pansy than my father, it was Marcel Proust."


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