The subject matter in Fun Home was definitely not what I had expected from the title or the cover. I would have guessed from the book cover that this was a story about a kind of hilariously dysfunctional family with the narrator being the one cliche misunderstood voice of sanity. This story seemed to be 7 chapters of the same exact story told a little bit differently each time.
Each story was told in a past tense voice, and involved the narrator’s struggle with her identity, and with her relationship with her father. The 1st few stories gave a really harsh portrayal of her father. He seems to be very short tempered and abusive towards the children. He also seems very withdrawn and emotionless most of the time. Later on, especially in the last chapters, the father seems to be very connected with her and they seem to have a genuine appreciation for each other.
I also noticed that there were several stories being told all at once. There was the diary, which was mostly in chronological order. There was the childhood tale where she was actually growing up in the home. There was the college story, which was sort of mixed up chronologically. There was the story of her evolving relationship with her father, which I assumed was the main story. And there were a lot of little anecdotes like the father getting stuck in the mud, or the bulldyke scene that were thrown into the mix. This made the story a little hard to follow timewise, but (in my opinion) was effective at showing milestones in her relationship with her father.