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Are You My Mother? (Hardback)
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Are You My Mother? (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 31/05/2012
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Alison Bechdel's Fun Home was a literary phenomenon: 'an extraordinarily intimate account of family secrets that manages to be shocking, unsettling and life-affirming at the same time', as Sarah Walters wrote in the Guardian. The Times said it was 'incontestibly the graphic book of the year', while the Observer recently chose it as one of the ten best graphic novels ever published. While Fun Home explored Bechdel's relationship with her father, a closeted homsexual, this new memoir is about her mother - a voracious reader, a music lover, a passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood... and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter goodnight, for ever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott to one explosively illuminating Dr Seuss illustration, to Bechdel's own (serially monogamous) love life. And, finally, back to Mother - to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780224093521
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 659 g
Dimensions: 235 x 185 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Fun Home and Are You My Mother? are the kind of head-spinningly thoughtful and textured works that make you rejoice in the comic-book form." * Daily Telegraph *
"I emotionally lost myself in this book... It made me realise that people aren't always perfect." -- Tavi Gevinson * ELLE *
"It's a beautiful (and beautifully illustrated) look at the complexity and dysfunctionality of family through a unique lens - and frames things in such a way that you can't help but re-examine your own relationships, too." -- Emily Reynolds * Stylist *
"Are You My Mother? is a work of the most humane kind of genius, bravely going right to the heart of things: why we are who we are. It's also incredibly funny. And visually stunning. And page-turningly addictive. And heartbreaking." -- Jonathan Safran Foer
"As absorbing as it is graced with a deceptive lightness of touch, it is clever, brilliantly pieced together, and utterly unusual." -- Robert Collins * Sunday Times *

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“Good read, but too much psychobabble”

I love Dykes To Watch Out For, and this has the same Bechdel art and storytelling. Unfortunately, this book is marred by long sections detailing Bechdel's years of psychoanalysis. Since I'm not interested in... More

Hardback edition
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“Are You My Mother?”

Having read and really enjoyed Fun Home I had high hopes for this one but sadly they were dashed. I expected a candid memoir of her relationship with her mother, similar to that in Fun Home, instead there were moments... More

Hardback edition
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