Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Graphic novelist looks into her own family secrets.

A smart, literary coming-of-age/coming out story about the author (and her father), Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Houghton Mifflin, $19.95) puts a compelling tale of family deception and tragedy into graphic novella format. Bechdel's title is ironic, since her family resides in a fantastic Victorian funeral home full of secrets, one run and decorated by Bechdel's dad as if he were living another life—where the author's young male babysitters are his lovers. Long after his death, Bechdel (creator of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For) plumbs the mystery of her father, discovering that the two of them are not so different. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 206-634-3400, www.bookstore.washington.edu. Free. 7 p.m. Fri. June 16. Also: The Wild Rose, 1021 E. Pike St., 206-324-9210. Free. 7 p.m. Sat. June 17.

 
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