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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
by Eggers, Dave
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1. How do Toph and David cope with the death of their parents? Are they able to come to terms with what happened to their family?

2. Why do you think David encourages readers to think of this book as fiction? Do you think this was fiction, or a memoir? Is there a fine line between them?

3. What kind of parent is David for his brother Toph? How does he change as a parent during the course of the book?

4. Near the end of the book, David returns to his parent's home in Illinois for his mother's ashes. Why do you think this was so troubling for him?

5. David spends much of his time working on establishing "Might" magazine. What were your impressions of this part of his life?

6. By writing a book about the death of his parents and raising his younger brother, David feels some ambivalence about exploiting this personal story. How do you think he handled the sensitive topics he needs to write about to tell his story?

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