An ornate golden hand mirror rests on a wooden surface, a red pearl necklace and a tube of lipstick resting against it. Beneath the mirror is a photograph sketched in black ink of a woman smoking as she reads a script. A teenage girl with glasses stands awkwardly to the side, as if waiting for attention.

Are You My Mother? GN

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Alison Bechdel tells the tale of her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood... and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven.

Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf.

It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel's own (serially monogamous) adult love life.

And, finally, back to Mother.