“Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” By Alison Bechdel Review

Bechdel’s best selling novel “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” is a raw memoir of her turbulent upbringing.

fun home coverThe novel focuses on her life growing up in Pennsylvania with her father with whom she had a less than stellar relationship with.

Overall, it’s a brutally honest, no holds barred story that touches on multiple controversial themes such as sexual orientation, suicide, the effects of living with a toxic family, among many others. These themes are what got the book the No. 7 spot on the list of top 10 most challenged books of 2015.

fun home realThe graphics in this story are very simple and detailed and compliment the narration very appropriately. The color scheme is black and white with light blue shading which represents the somber tone of much of the book. Additionally, some illustrations were inspired by her own family photos.

I read “Fun Home,” last year and I can still recall how exposed it made me feel. Though I have very little in common with Bechdel her vulnerability throughout the novel unwillingly transfers to the reader.

fun home graphic dadI would highly recommend this novel to anyone over the age of 16 with an interest in LGBT books.

My Rating: 4/5

 

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