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Alison Bechdel

The graphic novel memoir seems such an ideal form, especially as demonstrated in this “family tragicomic” where Bechdel uses snippets of journals and letters to flesh out the story of her relationship with her father, who is suspiciously killed by a truck four months after she comes out to her parents via a letter while she is away at college and two weeks after her mother asked him for a divorce. Through an oscillating narration, she weaves a story out of smaller stories, repeating elements and revealing details casually.

It’s the details in general that make this story so beautiful, from the aesthetic of her drawings to the pieces of literature and mythology entwined with her family’s tale.

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