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Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama (Hardcover)

Author:  Alison Bechdel
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0618982507
ISBN-13: 9780618982509
Sku: 217396188
Publish Date: 5/1/2012
Pages:  286
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From the bestselling author of "Fun Home," a poignant and hilarious graphic memoir of Bechdel becoming the artist her gifted mother always wanted to be.
Alison Bechdel rocked the world of graphic novels in 2006, with the publication of her autobiographical "family tragicomic" FUN HOME, which detailed her closeted-gay father's suicide. Now, with this novel, Bechdel once again mines her troubled family's past, this time focusing on her relationship with her mother. In ARE YOU MY MOTHER? Bechdel stitches this maternal portrait together with stories about her own creative development, an anxiety-filled process that was very much influenced by her mother's own unrealized artistic aspirations and personal frustrations. With her characteristic sense of humor and remarkable ability to eschew self-indulgence when portraying painful personal experiences, Bechdel makes another profound contribution to the comics canon with this story about the often tension-fraught mother-daughter relationship.


"Bechdel's art has the same tightly observed aura of her earlier work, but with a deepening and loosening of style. The story, which sketches more of the author's professional and personal life outside of her family, is spiderwebbed with anxiety and self-consciousness." (starred review) 03/05/2012

"The flaw of most memoirs is that the author, whether because of a lack of skill or maturity or humor, gets lost in a tunnel. Bechdel's triumph is not just that she's emerged from her tunnel, with weary but clear eyes, but that she's brought her mother with her." - Karen Valby 05/04/2012

"If one is at first glance tempted to dismiss Alison Bechdel's ARE YOU MY MOTHER? as a glorified comic strip, one would be wildly and woefully misguided: it is as complicated, brainy, inventive and satisfying as the finest prose memoirs." - Katie Roiphe 04/29.2012

"In part it's a meta-memoir, a meditation on the ethics of dumping your family's darkest secrets onto the page for strangers to sort through. In part it's a stroll through the literary history of thinking about mothers and daughters. In part it's a book about the therapeutic process." - Dwight Garner 05/03/2012

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0286
Product attributePublisher:   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
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