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Alison Bechdel: Are You My Mother?

Alison Bechdel: Are You My Mother?

USA 2013, 290 pp. b/w, brochure,  24.95
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Alison Bechdel's »Fun Home« was a literary phenomenon: an intimate account of family secrets. While »Fun Home« explored the cartoonist's relationship with her father, a closeted homosexual, this new memoir is about her mother - a voracious reader, a music lover, a passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood, and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter goodnight, when she was seven. Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic British psychoananlyst Donald Winnicott, to an explosively illuminating Dr Seuss illustration, to Bechdel's own (serially monogamous) lesbian love life.