Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Fun Home - Alison Bechdel This has to be one of the best books I have read this year. Alison Bechdel's autobiographical narrative of her coming of age, dealing with her coming out as a lesbian as well as her relationship with her father is an excellent work. The work has some humor, and it is also very moving at times. The art does an excellent job of going along with a narrative that draws on classical literature to build the story. In one way, it makes you want to go out and read some of the books mentioned in this graphic novel. I borrowed this one from the library, but this is definitely a work I want to add to my personal collection, so I will be buying a copy down the road. This graphic novel definitely belongs on any list of "best graphic novels." This is also a great example of "LGBT" literature, and it should be on any such reading list as well. But it is not just an "LGBT" work. I think the experiences of growing up, of discovery, of dealing with a family that may not be totally functional, are all universal elements. I definitely recommend this one.