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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel, 2007

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In this graphic memoir, author and artist Alison Bechdel chronicles her childhood, coming out, and her relationship with her late father. Set in rural Pennsylvania in the 1960s and 1970s, the memoir uses gothic illustrations to tell a story that is both funny and heartbreaking.

Bechdel’s father was a high school English teacher and a third-generation funeral parlor owner, as well as a closeted gay man. Through Bechdel’s complex relationship with her father, the book addresses gender, sexual orientation, dysfunctional family life, emotional abuse, and suicide.

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