July 2, 2006
Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, is simply the most engaging book I have read this year, and the most interesting graphic novel since David B.'s Epileptic. Bechdel's ink and wash drawings are simple yet emotive, and her coming of age story blends well with her father's troubled, yet meticulous, life. Literary analogies abound through the book, but always work in their context and never weigh down the plot. Bechdel is as talented an artist as she is a storyteller, and this book is the proof. Fun Home is my favorite book of the year, and is strongly recommended.
My next book is Gary Troup's Bad Twin.