Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
A Comic Drama

84%

5 Critic Reviews

Bechdel's ability to capture this complicated dynamic in a comics format is at once dazzling, intellectually thrilling...
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Synopsis

From the best-selling author of Fun Home, Time magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.
 

About Alison Bechdel

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Alison Bechdel is the author of the bestselling memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which was named a Best Book of the Year by Time, Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, People, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. For twenty-five years, she wrote and drew the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, a visual chronicle of modern life-queer and otherwise-considered "one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period." (Ms.) Bechdel is guest editor of Best American Comics, 2011, and has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney's, Entertainment Weekly, Granta, and The New York Times Book Review.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Mariner Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Dwight Garner on May 02 2012

Because Alison Bechdel is Alison Bechdel, this book has its charms...in general her skill as an artist has deepened. Some self-portraits in particular have a surreal, Kafkaesque intensity.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Katie Roiphe on Apr 27 2012

...it is as complicated, brainy, inventive and satisfying as the finest prose memoirs.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Laura Miller on May 24 2012

Psychology boils away the particulars of individual experience to arrive at abstract generalities. It may get at the same truths that art does, but the trip isn't nearly as much fun.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on May 01 2012

Bechdel's ability to capture this complicated dynamic in a comics format is at once dazzling, intellectually thrilling...

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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Jeet Heer on Jun 22 2012

Many of us have unfinished business with our parents, but few are as honest as Alison Bechdel. In speaking so well for herself, she becomes a voice for us all.

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