Hard Laughter: A Novel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Apr 15, 1979 - Fiction - 304 pages
31 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  - Cathy - Goodreads

I have read this many times - one of my all time favorite books. We have grown up together - in literature and faith. Read full review

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User Review  - Jenifer Holland - Goodreads

She's pretty prolific, but this is my favorite. Honest, early (in her career) and fiction that is reasonably closely based on non-fiction. Top-notch. 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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