A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering GeniusBook - 2001
The literary sensation of the year, a book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century.A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is an instant classic that will be read in paperback for decades to come. The Vintage edition includes a new appendix by the author.
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Baker & Taylor
A respected magazine editor/founder and onetime spokesman for Generation X offers a satiric, eloquent, and thoroughly tradition-shattering memoir that discusses the deaths of his parents from cancer, his raising of his younger brother, and more. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 300,000 first printing.
The author chronicles his life after the deaths of his parents, when he was responsible for the care and upbringing of his eight-year-old brother, and offers a new appendix clarifying, amending, and expanding the original work.
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How college senior Eggers loses both parents to cancer, inherits his eight-year-old brother, and eventually founds a couple of cutting-edge magazines.
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I pick her up. We walk down to Nickie’s. It’s small, full of bodies, sweltering.
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