Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's illustrated black-and-white paper-covered boards, illustrated endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"'[W]hen the average girl studies her face in the mirror she is reassuring herself that the mother-image is there and that the mother can see her and that the mother is en rapport with her. When girls and boys in their secondary narcissism look in order to see beauty and to fall in love, there is already evidence that doubt has crept in about their mother's continued love and care'" (Donald Winnicot, quoted in Are You My Mother?). In her second graphic novel, cartoonist Alison Bechdel – known for her long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch and For and her graphic memoir Fun Home – reprises her ongoing investigation into her familial dysfunctions. Her own mother ("a women unhappily married to a gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood"), Virginia Woolf, psychoanalysis and the exploration of the dynamics that shape mother-daughter relationships are the central focus of the work. Fun Home – Bechdel's first work about her family – was universally acclaimed, going on to become the first graphic novel to be a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The subsequent musical adapted from the text won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015. Bechdel was a recipient of a MacArthur Award in 2014. First printing with complete number row to copyright page. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #1787