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ISBN-10: 0375725784
ISBN-13: 9780375725784
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 02/13/2001
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.10" W, 1.00" H

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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The literary bestseller that redefines both family and narrative for the 21st century, this moving memoir is the story 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. This 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.

This is a beautifully ragged, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable book. —San Francisco Chronicle

National Bestseller
Pulitzer Prize Finalist

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 for decades to come.

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"A virtuosic piece of writing, a big, daring, manic-depressive stew of a book that noisily announces the debut of a talented–yes, staggeringly talented new writer." –Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

" 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

"Eggers evokes the terrible beauty of youth like a young Bob Dylan, frothing with furious anger.... He takes us close, shows us as much as he can bear.... His book is a comic and moving witness that transcends and transgresses formal boundaries." –The Washington Post

"[F]unny, wildly intelligent.... What's consistent throughout is the full-throttle voice: the sensibility of the man who grieves his parents, who safeguards his brother, who knows that his own presence here can walk the line between 'self-conscious' and 'self-devouring." –The Boston Globe

"Eggers crafts something universal here, something raw and real and wonderful that transcends any zeitgeist and manages to deal trenchantly with 'big issues' that often prove too daunting for younger writers: mortality, youth the artifice of writing, the Zen of Frisbee. This is a beautifully ragged, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable book." –San Francisco Chronicle

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ISBN-10: 0375725784
ISBN-13: 9780375725784
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 02/13/2001
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.10" W, 1.00" H
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