A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

This surprising memoir is filled with brilliant writing gems. Dave Eggers cuts through to the core of what the death of both parents within a short period of time feels like. He strays from any clichés and refuses to leave out any character flaws. But there is an uneven quality when the reader is unclear as to where we are heading. The Real World reality series segment baffled me. I must admit that the interview process enabled the reader to discover some of the back story of the family dynamics. The subsequent sections about a start up company and film making also was a head scratcher. But Eggers magnificently goes for the jugular with our emotions and expectations. The final chapters of the book  are gut wrenching

Dave Eggers interview on “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” (2000) – YouTube

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Wikipedia

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