Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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Egger's auto-biography. The book that started it all.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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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.

'Dave Eggers's memoir is a keen mix of self-consciousness and hope, of horror and hysteria and of freshness and wisdom. It's a tonic for anyone who's felt their life becoming a TV Movie of the Week and found themselves torn between laughter, tears, and a nagging urge to change the channel. By eschewing the temptations of cynicism, slackerdom, and navel-gazing, Eggers may end up becoming something he richly deserves and probably does not aspire to be: the voice of a generation.' -The Village Voice Literary Supplement

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Author Dave Eggers
Publisher Vintage Books
Page Count 437pp
Publication Size 5 x 8
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date February 13, 2001
ISBN 978-0375725784

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