I don't claim to be a graphic novel expert. In fact, Fun Home is only the second in the illustrated genre I've ever read. But I do love a good memoir, the more painful and heart wrenching the better. Alison Bechdel delivers this and more in her brilliant graphic autobiography Fun Home. Bechdel, best known for her hilarious comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, explores her relationship with her emotionally unavailable (and closeted homosexual) father with wry humor and a tinge of regret. Her illustrations are brutal and honest, yet beautiful in their complexity. Bechdel and her father shared a love of literary classics, the language of which has seeped into Bechdel's vernacular - so keep a dictionary handy! Fun Home, though serious in subject matter, is a quick read, but I know I will keep coming back to it again and again. I can't recommend this memoir strongly enough.
A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father--a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.