Dave Eggers’ book A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was published in 2000. Since release, it has been declared one of the best books of the decade.
The book follows Eggers’ attempts to raise his younger brother Christopher after the deaths of their parents from cancer. While the events of the book are factual, Eggers’ takes great license with the timeline. In fact, later printings of the book even include a section entitled “Mistakes We Knew We Were Making”, which categorizes all the omissions and changes in the timeline in an effort to help readers better understand the storyline.
Characters within the story often break the fourth wall and Eggers’ himself butts in to analyze his thoughts and actions with the benefit of hindsight. It’s one of the most complex and interesting memoirs ever published.