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Fun home : a family tragicomic

Author: Alison Bechdel
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2007, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Mariner books editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographical comics
Comic books, strips, etc
Graphic novels
Named Person: Alison Bechdel; Alison Bechdel
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alison Bechdel
ISBN: 9780618871711 0618871713
OCLC Number: 884342730
Description: 232 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Old father, old artificer --
A happy death --
That old catastrophe --
In the shadow of young girls in flower --
The canary-colored caravan of death --
The ideal husband --
The antihero's journey.
Responsibility: Alison Bechdel.

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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.

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