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By Dave Eggers

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The literary sensation of the 12 months, a publication that redefines either relatives and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking paintings of amazing Genius is the relocating memoir of a faculty senior who, within the area of 5 weeks, loses either one of his mom and dad to melanoma and inherits his eight-year-old brother. here's a thrilling debut that manages to be concurrently hilarious and wildly artistic in addition to a deeply heartfelt tale of the affection that holds a kinfolk together.

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I pull a leg toward me, feel around to make sure I know where the joint is, and make a circular cut around, through the tough skin and flesh, but I’ve misjudged, for I hit only bone. “Shit,” I mutter. Tom grins over at me. “Wiggle it. ” And when I move the foot back and forth I see what he means. When I work the foot I get a better sense of where the axis of the joint is, and after some digging around I hit cartilage and shove the tip of my blade through, between the bones. A bit more sawing and I have the foot off.

I’ve craved certainty in these last troubled years, and here I get my fix. I wipe my hands on a towel I grab from the bin and bring the china plate with its glistening offal rosette up to the front of the shop. As I do I feel an insistent beelike hum at my left butt cheek—the BlackBerry tucked into my jeans pocket. I get phone service only at the front of the shop; the walk-in coolers at the rear block the signal. Though I do, if I’m honest with myself, still feel a small adrenaline-stoked surge in my chest whenever I feel this buzz, I ignore it, and instead hold out the plate to Hailey, who’s ringing up a couple at the cash register.

Another clue has led to another long drive, all the way north to Kingston, New York, nestled in the Catskills. I head up early in the morning in my Outback. (Yes, I’ve become the sort of thirty-three-year-old woman who drives a silver Outback, bought new. ) I am nervous and not too hopeful as I park, feed a meter, walk through the glass door of the shop on Wall Street. But I know the second I step in: this is it. Fleisher’s is more than a butcher shop, really. It’s almost a market, with fragrant soaps made of beef tallow on the shelves, local vegetables in baskets in the middle of the floor, T-shirts for sale pinned to the walls: 100% GRASS-FED, LOCALLY GROWN.

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