'Are You My Mother?'

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Alison Bechdel attends the Re-Opening of the Curran Theater with the Tony Award Winning Best Musical 'Fun Home' on January 26, 2017 in San Francisco, California.  (Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Curran)

From the best-selling author of Fun Home, Time Magazine's No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

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 the 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 real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

Listen to Alison Bechdel read an excerpt from <i>Are You My Mother?</i>

Listen to Alison Bechdel read an excerpt from Are You My Mother?