ALISON BECHDEL / Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama
Six years ago, Fun Home, a memoir of Bechdel’s relationship with her father, was a literary and pop culture phenomenon, landing on many ‘best book of the year’ lists, and further growing Alison Bechdel’s deep cult status.
ARE YOU MY MOTHER? is the sequel we’ve all been waiting for, another brilliantly
told tale of filial sleuthery, this time about Bechdel becoming the
artist her mother herself wanted to be.
A voracious reader, music lover, and passionate amateur actor, Bechdel’s mother is also a woman who was unhappily married to a closeted gay man, and whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel’s childhood. And she’s a mother who stopped touching or kissing her daughter goodnight, forever, when she was seven years old.
Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning this mother-daughter gulf. From babyhood photos and saved letters from her parents’ obviously fraught courtship, Bechdel’s richly layered search also leads readers from the fascinating life and work of iconic 2oth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother – to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move, astonish, and resonate with all adult children of gifted mothers.
Alison Bechdel is the author of the wildly popular Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. For twenty0five years, she wrote and drew the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, a visual chronicle of modern life – queer and otherwise – considered “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period.” (Ms.) Bechdel is guest editor of The Best American Comics 2011, and has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly, Granta, and the New York Times Book Review.