Are You My Mother?
A Comic Drama
NPR stories about Are You My Mother?
When it was released in 2006, the sophisticated, deeply personal memoir Fun Home established Alison Bechdel as among the most honest and fearless of contemporary cartoonists. For her follow-up graphic novel, Bechdel switches the focus from her dad to her mom, and the predictably complex and explosive mother/daughter dynamic amplifies nearly every aspect of her work. Using the works — and, in some cases, the actual texts — of Virginia Woolf and child psychologist Donald Winnicott as