This book I am reviewing today is called
This book is a graphic novel. I read it because I was interested in seeing the Broadway Show, and I do like the music. So I picked up the book. It is a fast read, because it is a graphic novel. The story is also a true story of the author's life.
Here is what Amazon says about this book:
Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned "fun home," as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescense, the denouement is swift, graphic -- and redemptive.
I enjoyed the graphic novel. She had an interesting and somewhat tragic childhood which lead to a tragic loss of her father when she was 20 years old. After reading the book, I am curious to see how it plays out in a Broadway play.
If you have seen the musical, or have heard about it, I think it would be worth the read. Please be aware that this book is not for children/pre-teens. There are a lot of adult scenes/conversations in this graphic novel.
Stars: 3 1/2