A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is a 2000 memoir by Dave Eggers. It chronicles his stewardship of his younger brother Christopher "Toph" Eggers following the cancer-related deaths of his parents.

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
First edition
AuthorDave Eggers
Cover artistKomar and Melamid
CountryUnited States
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
2000 (2000)
Media typePrint (paperback)
LC ClassCT275.E37 A3 2000

The book was a commercial and critical success, reaching number one on The New York Times bestseller list and being nominated as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. Time magazine and several newspapers dubbed it "The Best Book of the Year". Critics praised the book for its wild, vibrant prose, and it was described as "big, daring [and] manic-depressive" by The New York Times. The book was chosen as the 12th best book of the decade by The Times.[1]