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"Exhilarating….Profoundly moving, occasionally angry, and often hilarious….A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is, finally, a finite book of jest, which is why it succeeds so brilliantly" (The New York Times Book Review).


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.

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    Fun divergent memoir style

    Solid work. Enjoyable post modernist style. Amusingly self concerned depiction of middle class trauma. Worth a read. I reserve 5 stars for my very favourite books, so have only given this a 4. This is the first book of Eggers' that I've read, but I would happily read another after having read this.

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    Yes!

    Incredible writing. I found the preface and the MTV interview too forced, and that’s why I’d give this book a 4 rather than a 5. But most of the time the book’s self-consciousness works amazingly well. I’ve never disliked a character so much but kept reading – the style is that good.

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