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    DescriptionNational Bestseller 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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    Title
    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dave Eggers
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780375725784
    ISBN 10: 0375725784
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    Libri: ENGM1010
    BIC subject category V2: KNT
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: GEOG/CALIFO
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Libri: AMER3710
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    DC21: 973.92092
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/DEATH, SEXL/MASC
    BISAC V2.8: BIO025000
    DC22: 973.92/092
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: CT275.E37 A3 2001
    LC subject heading:
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    13 February 2001
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Dave Eggers is the author of four books, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity!, How We Are Hungry, and What Is the What. He is the editor of "McSweeney's," a quarterly magazine and book-publishing company, and is cofounder of 826 Valencia, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for young people. His interest in oral history led to his 2004 cofounding of Voice of Witness, a nonprofit series of books that use oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. As a journalist, his work has appeared in "The New Yorker," "Esquire," and "The Believer." He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and daughter.
    Review quote
    "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" "This is a beautifully ragged, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable book."
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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.