~by Alison Bechdel
2006 National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee
2007 ALA Stonewall Book Award Winner
2007 Eisner Award Winner
Fun Home is a wonderfully told, and beautifully presented, family memoir from Alison Bechdel, primarily known up to this point as the creator of the critically acclaimed comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For." I was privileged with the terrific opportunity of hearing and seeing in person the author read from her book as well as talk about the process of its creation.
The memoir tells the story of growing up, of family, of coming of age, of leaving home and discovering her sexual identity, but mostly, it is a story about her relationship with her father. Her illustrations are simple, and yet elegant and add tremendously to the effectiveness of her storytelling. At times funny, and at times heart-wrenching, the book is a brilliant example of what can be accomplished using the graphic literary genre.