Writer & Artist: Alison Bechdel
Fun Home is a memoir by Alison Bechdel (most known for the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For), an unflinchingly honest look at her life growing up and how her relationship with her father shaped it.
It’s hard to say anything bad about something so personal to the author, and I’m lucky I don’t have anything bad to say, because this was great. Alison pokes and prods at her past, skipping back and forth in time as she recalls moments in her past that slowly draw parallels between her father’s closeted homosexuality and her own. But it’s not just that, either; it’s a story about how a father and daughter connect, how they don’t connect, how a family’s life intertwines in ways we don’t even realize.
I honestly can’t say much about this, beyond how much I enjoyed it, how much I appreciated Alison for being so damn brave to put this out in the open for anyone in the world to read and criticize. Everyone should be so fearless.