About the book
The literary sensation of the year, a 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.
Reviewed by Jennie’s Friends Reading Group:
Not an easy read. Well written and showing great insight and understanding of a young man’s problems when dealing with his parents death and the consequent responsibility for his younger brother’s upbringing. Tongue in cheek at times.
Star rating: ***