New York :
Simon & Schuster
- Item Description
- Published in paperback (with different pagination) by Vintage in 2001.
- Physical Description
- xxxix, 375 p.
- Main Author
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.Review by Publisher Summary 2
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.Review by Publisher Summary 3
"This is a beautifully ragged, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable book." —San Francisco ChronicleNational Bestseller Pulitzer Prize FinalistA 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.Review by Publisher Summary 4
The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading and discussion of Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius . We hope that they will provide you with a variety of ways of thinking and talking about this extraordinary and unique book.