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Top 40 Book Club : Top 40 Book Club Reads 2017
36 Top40BookClubReadsNON-FICTION Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Alison Bechdel Alison Bechdel chooses a graphic novel format to explore her troubled relationship with her father. An English teacher and director of the town’s funeral home (the Fun Home), Bechdel’s father seems to have been a distant man, struggling with his homosexuality. Mere weeks after coming out as a lesbian and discovering her father’s sexuality, Bechdel’s father died, leaving her with many questions unanswered and no one to answer them. Despite being a graphic novel, Fun Home feels very much like a novel. Bechdel squeezes so much detail and depth into the story – the reader is totally immersed. The drawings are well worth exploring, giving clues to time periods and relationships, often with little captions to help the reader along. At times the story is tortured and it’s obvious Bechdel was working through some issues surrounding her relationship with her father as she created this book. It’s honesty is raw and you can feel the confusion and distance between family members and the impact it had on everyone. For a book group looking for something a little bit different, Fun Home would be well worth a read. What should I read next? Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Top 40 Book Club Reads 2016