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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers
After losing both of his parents to cancer within 5 months of each other, Dave
Eggers finds himself in charge of raising his younger brother, Toph. This book is a
candid account of his parents' deaths and of his and Toph's life together afterwards.
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Discussion questions: Eggers worries that because he is neither a woman nor a neat, well-organized person, people
assume that he can't take care of Toph. Which aspects of Eggers' parenting are most admirable?
Which are most comic? What are the benefits and drawbacks of each aspect?
In the remarkable acknowledgments section, which is a brilliant critique and discussion of the
book as a whole, Eggers points out that "the success of a memoir . . . has a lot to do with how
appealing its narrator is. What is appealing about Eggers as a narrator?
Submitted by Sharon, posted on Saturday May 05, @10:12PM