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Bechdel is a lesbian, and her father is a troubled man of questionable sexual orientation who may or may not have thrown himself in front of a bus. "Fun Home" (a nickname for the funeral home run by the family) is a poignant coming of age story that manages to hit home in an entirely dry way. Bechdel doesn't mince words, or spare us any feelings. It's a nice read, until the very end when she lost me entirely. Call me poorly read, but I've never read the Odyssey or Ulysses, and you need to understand both of these books to understand the end of "Fun Home." She walks us through the basic metaphors, but it's not enough. I've read some of the other books she alludes to, but they're side-notes, and Joyce and Homer are not mainstays of my oeuvre. I wanted very much to follow this story to the end, but Bechdel's resolution (at least I think she was resolving something) was lost on me. Unfortunate for an otherwise decent and accessible book.