Review of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Review of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

By: Virginia Eader


I couldn’t put it down. I had to ration the pages just so it would last me more than a few days of my vacation. I never read while riding in the car because I get sick, but for this book, I was willing to suffer the consequences.

What a beautiful story! The author, Allison Bechdel, tells of her complicated relationship with her father and her intertwined experience of coming out. The fact that it’s told in graphic novel form is sheer genius. Amazing illustrations and edge-of-your-seat storytelling makes for a painstakingly beautiful portrait of the author’s growing-up.

 family tragic comic
My only criticism (if I could even call it that ) is that the story weaves parallels to Ullysses and other classic texts, comparing characters and drawing conclusions. This part would have made more sense had I read those (but alas, I am not a literary buff). I still got the idea however, and as I said, it was beautiful.