Hard Laughter: A Novel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Apr 15, 1979 - Fiction - 304 pages
24 Reviews
Anne Lamott's poignant first novel, reissued in an attractive new edition.

Writer (and sometime housecleaner) Jennifer is twenty-three when her beloved father, Wallace, is diagnosed with a brain tumor. This catastrophic discovery sets off Anne Lamott's unexpectedly sweet and funny first novel, which is made dramatic not so much by Wallace's illness as by the emotional wake it sweeps under Jen and her brothers, self-contained Ben and feckless, lovable Randy. With characteristic affection and accuracy, Lamott sketches this offbeat family and their nearest and dearest as they draw ever closer in the intimacy Jen prizes "among the other estimable things: good music, good hard laughter, good sex, good industry, and good books."

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User Review  - Judy Williams - Goodreads

I love Anne Lamott and wanted to read all of her books. So I went back to her first novel after having read quite a few of her other works. In comparison, this thinly-disguised autobiography was tight ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane - Goodreads

This is Anne Lamott's first novel. It is also the first Anne Lamott novel I read. Maybe if I didn't know her themes so well, it wouldn't have felt so painfully, awkwardly autobiographical, but because ... Read full review

About the author (1979)

Anne Lamott is the author of five novels and two works of nonfiction, Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird. She lives in Northern California.

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