Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Length: 304 p.
Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop-culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel’s childhood…and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning this mother-daughter gulf. It’s a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-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 in real time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.
From: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt