Fun Home Book Club
Welcome to the Cardinal Stage Book Club!
We invite you to read the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel and join us in a discussion prior to our production of Fun Home on June 20. For this book club, we’ve partnered with local bookstores to provide copies of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir. Please see below for a list of bookstores and special offers!
When: June 20th; discussion at 6:30pm and performance following at 7:30pm
Where: Ivy Tech Waldron Auditorium
- Book Corner – purchase 6 copies and get a 20% discount
- Friends of Art – participants get 25% during the full run of the performance
- Vintage Phoenix
Admission: The discussion is free to attend and open to the public, but tickets are required for the production of Fun Home. Find tickets here. If you have tickets to a different performance of Fun Home, you can still attend this book club discussion!
Leading the discussion is Jean Robinson, former professor and dean at Indiana University and current board member at Cardinal Stage.
Jean Robinson is a member of the Cardinal Stage Board, and a retired professor and dean from IU. She was the first director of IU’s Women’s Studies Program and has taught and written extensively on gender and sexuality issues, including sex education, abortion rights, and same-sex marriage. Like Alison Bechdel, she graduated from Oberlin College.
About the novel
A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books. This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel’s sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, it’s a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form.
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 adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic — and redemptive.