This graphic novel is best appreciated for its allusive structure.
UPDATE: It's better than Blankets, but the art is more conventional. The book brings home how much the author was inculcated by her striving but ultimately provincial parents (both were English teachers, and Bechdel hangs the chapters on greatest hits from the Lit 101 syllabus). How she managed this is interesting. I would have liked to have seen more explanation of her mother's psychology.