In the follow up to her successful memoir, "Fun Home", Alison Bechdel tackles the complicated relationship she has with her mother in this highly personal graphic novel. Juxtaposing her revelations about her mother with the theories of psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott and author Virginia Woolf, Bechdel creates a multilayered account of her childhood, personal and professional life. Her interest in psychology sets the stage for a rich analysis of her dreams, therapy sessions and the personal struggle behind the book's creation.
This memoir is a compelling intellectual challenge for anyone who loves a satisfying memoir. "Are You My Mother?" is an excellent introduction into the graphic novel genre because of its rich themes. With this latest work, Bechdel proves she is one of the most talented authors in her field.