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May 4, 2008

My journey to this book was a long one. I followed the paper trail for almost two years from this article all the way to the comic book library. The build-up of Alison Bechdel’s story is subtle, but a disturbing and sad undertone runs through it.

I won’t spill any more beans than to say that her father killed himself just weeks after she came out to her parents as being lesbian, but that quick synopsis barely does justice to her story and this beautiful book. The literary thread and references became a little too much for me towards the end, but the bookworms amongst you may really enjoy it. Tell me if you get to read it!

Edit: Not such a happy ending to his book – Alison Bechdel tells the Guardian about the aftermath of publishing her family’s story.


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