Hard Laughter: A Novel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Apr 15, 1979 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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  - KaterinaBead - LibraryThing

Perhaps I was more of an impressionable young woman when I first read and loved this book. Somehow this story helped me dealing with some of this sort of stuff, somehow I enjoy it a little more than I ... Read full review

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User Review  - vesuvian - LibraryThing

This is where Anne Lamott started. I have her first edition, even with an erratum slip wedged in it. It was purchased at Vroman's bookstore in Pasadena, California. You know Anne Lamott's work today ... Read full review

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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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