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.
Here’s what Time had to say:
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.