Friday, June 29, 2012
Are You My Mother?
Bechdel has always had a fraught relationship with her mother, quite a bit of it stemming from her parent's relationship. Bechdel uses the theories of psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott to frame her coming-of-age story with her mother in this graphic novel. At a young age her mother told her that she was too old for hugs and kisses, leaving the affection to her younger brothers. As Alison matures into adulthood and tries to form stable relationships of her own, she sees the effects of this lack of affection taking hold in her everyday life and it's negative effects.
I can't recommend Bechdel enough to any reader who wants an emotional and observer experience into relationships that are fraught with missed connections and a deep fear of intimacy. These books will make you think; these books will make you be grateful for the relationships in your life.