May 16th, 2007

reading, activism, writing

Book #23: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel

Families are places where, even though Dad's got a secret (eating him away from inside) and even though Mom's detached (wistful about lost opportunities), sometimes we can find that elusive sense of love and solidarity we require. Alison Bechdel's unique memoir, part tell-all, part graphic novel, is one well-told, emotion-charged, universal story of growing up, coming out, and coming to grips.

The tale of the Bechdel Family unwinds like the kind of grandfather clock found in one of her father's renovated houses. Each detail ticks out with the occasional thunderous punctuation of a tolling bell. In spare language and perfectly drawn images the details of the family, with all the messy and complicated interactions, are revealed.

In the end Bechdel thanks her family for "...not trying to stop me from writing this book." I'd like to thank them too.

x-posted: blog, 50bookchallenge