Are You My Mother?

A Comic Drama

by Alison Bechdel

Are You My Mother?

Hardcover, 286 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, List Price: $22 | purchase

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A Comic Drama
Alison Bechdel

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Book Summary

Depicts the author's mother as a voracious reader, music lover and passionate amateur actress who quietly suffers as the wife of a closeted gay artist and withdraws from her young daughter, who searches for answers to the separation later in life.

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7 weeks on NPR Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List

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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

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