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Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home made the number-one spot on the Entertainment Weekly and Time magazine lists of the top 10 books of 2006. It also made it onto the best-of-the-year lists in USA Today, People, Salon, The Advocate and The New York Times.

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Here’s what Time had to say:

The unlikeliest literary success of 2006 is a stunning memoir about a girl growing up in a small town with her cryptic, perfectionist dad and slowly realizing that a) she is gay and b) he is too. Oh, and it’s a comic book: Bechdel’s breathtakingly smart commentary duets with eloquent line drawings. Forget genre and sexual orientation: this is a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.

I might allow “unlikely,” but isn’t calling this the “unlikeliest literary success of 2006” just a wee bit hyperbolic?

On the other hand, “stunning,” “breathtakingly smart” and “masterpiece” are most definitely in order. I do fault them for neglecting to include “brilliant” in their string of superlatives, though.

The book has actually been banned at a public library in Missouri. It’s far from pornographic (as some aghast citizens have deemed it), but — duh — just because it has purdy pictures doesn’t mean it’s for kids.

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