Friday, March 27, 2015
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
This book is NOT one in the same!
In Bechdel's version, it is a much more complex story, from the loss of her father to suicide to coming out to her mother. She also features personal relationships, romantic and otherwise, as well as her professional journey as an artist. And, all of it is paralleled with the psychoanalysis of Donald Winnicott.
I tend to read through most graphic novels fairly quickly. Bechdel's Are You My Mother? is an exception. I found myself reading this one over days, frequently revisiting pages. When I read the final page, I thought the book was good, but not great. BUT, Bechdel's story has stayed with me. I find myself returning to her story in my mind at random times throughout the day. And, when I saw her previous novel Fun Home at the library, I had to have it. I had to read more of her story. Maybe with these lasting ripples, Bechdell's book was better than I initially thought. Because I think that I will be continuing to think about it for a long while.
Have you read Bechdel's Are You My Mother? What did you think? Was your initial response the same as the lasting one?