Book Review: Fun Home

Fun Home is a graphic memoir by the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel. It explores the author’s adolescence in rural Pennsylvania, with a concentration on her complicated relationship with her father, Bruce who Alison describes as “a manic-depressive, closeted fag”. Throughout “Fun Home”, Alisson reveals her desperate struggle to understand her father as she copes with her homosexuality. Shortly after Alisson announces to her parents that she is lesbian, her father is struck by a truck and killed. Alisson believes her father’s death was a suicide on account of her own confession. “Fun Home” discusses topics such as sexual orientation, gender roles, suicide, emotional abuse, dysfunctional family life, and the functions of literature that have critical factors in understanding oneself and one’s family.


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