USA 2007, 234 pp., brochure, € 15.99Aktion Portofrei: Kostenloser Versand in Österreich.
This breakout memoir from a cult favorite comic artist is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel's sweetly gothic drawings. Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a highschool English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned »fun home«, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic and redemptive.