During the summer of 2016, I made a goal for myself that I would read as many possible. Thankfully, I was able to spend most of my time pursuing this wish, during which I picked up Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. This wonderfully, dark graphic novel thrilled me, chilled me, and fulfilled my every need for knowing what it’s like to grow up in a difficult home.
Bechdel is a lotta bit of everything. Writer, illustrator, narrarator, and now the proud incubator of an award-winning Broadway musical. The story is a twisted telling of Bechdel’s childhood, teenage, and adult years while coming to terms with a family breaking apart and her father’s “hidden agenda.” The black and white illustrations add a touch of somberness to the whole story, giving way to the clear, bleak feelings she has towards her memories. As we watch Bechdel grow, we not only see her come to terms with her father’s homosexuality, but with her own as well.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting an easy escape. The story read so much more like Bechdel herself was sitting with me than a typical book.
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Stay fun folks!