Objects & Places from Fun Home

Alison Bechdel
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These pointed, tower-like architectural features of ancient Egypt represented life. The author's father had a collection of these objects and his tombstone was designed like one.

Sunbeam Bread Truck

This was the means of death for the author's father when he was struck and killed.


This symbol appears in a dream described by Bechdel in which she urged her father to run up a mountain to see the sight.

"Wind in the Willows" coloring book

This object was given to the author by her father but he ended up criticizing her method of using it.

Photograph of Roy

This object was discovered by the author among her father's possessions and represents one of her father's indiscretions on a vacation in 1969.

Photographs of Bruce

These items were discovered by the author after her father's death. They provide evidence of her father's homosexuality and led her to sympathize...

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