A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is a 2000 memoir by Dave Eggers about his life as a young adult shortly after his parents' deaths from cancer. The main story follows Dave's relationship with his younger brother Christopher ("Toph") after they move to California and Dave begins to raise him. The book also follows Dave's involvement with Might magazine and his journey home to extract significance from his past misfortunes. The novel deals with themes of family, obligation and freedom painting a complex self-portrait that is both humorous and sobering.
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