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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
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Oct 09, 2010

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This memoir begins when the author was 22 and watched both his parents die of terrible cancers just five months apart. His relationship with his mother continues to haunt him as he,
as the youngest of the three older children, cares of their little brother, age nine at the time of the deaths. Terrible language, but a very interesting style highlighting the ups and downs that often occur simultaneously in his life. I alternated between thinking it was brilliant writing and hating it. Reads like an extreme bipolar narrative. If there is a parallel to contemporary art in fiction, this is it.

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