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Hard Laughter Anne Lamott s poignant first novel, reissued in an attractive new editionWriter 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

About the Author: Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is an author of several novels and works of non fiction Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her non fiction works are largely autobiographical, with strong doses of self deprecating humor and covering such subjects as alcoholism, single motherhood, and Christianity She appeals to her fans because of her sense of humor, her deeply felt insights, and her outspoken views on topics such as her left of center politics and her unconventional Christian faith She is a graduate of Drew College Preparatory School in San Francisco, California Her father, Kenneth Lamott, was also a writer and was the basis of her first novel Hard Laughter.Lamott s life is documented in Freida Lee Mock s 1999 documentary Bird by Bird A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott.

10 thoughts on “Hard Laughter

  1. Jill Jill says:

    This was a book I thought about giving up on many times There are three reasons why I continued 1 I want to like Anne Lamott s fiction because I so loved Bird by Bird , 2 the theme of the book dealing with a father s failing health was a personal connection, and 3 I hoped to find an answer to why the author would choose to give her 23 year old protagonist a best friend who was only 10 years old In the end, I liked moment of Anne Lamott s

  2. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    Give me anything by Anne Lamott and I will read it.

  3. Paul Shirley Paul Shirley says:

    I think many nonfiction books should be pamphlets.This novel should have been a short story A very, very short story.Yes, it is, at times, funny and sweet but good god, make something happen.

  4. Debra Hale-Shelton Debra Hale-Shelton says:

    When I interviewed Anne Lamott in 1999, she said Hard Laughter was her worst book I have not read all of her books, but I ve read Bird by Bird, which I found to be a wonderful guide to good writing Tender Mercies, and Operating Instructions Unlike these non fiction books, Hard Laughter is billed as a novel, yet anyone familiar with Lamott s life knows much of the book is autobiographical I have not read any of Lamott s other novels But of the b

  5. Leila T. Leila T. says:

    I was expecting this book to cover the whole bell curve of her father s illness, from diagnosis of brain tumor to passing, concentrating heavily on things like days visiting him in hospital, ethical quandaries, and a daughter s hagiography of her father.Instead it waslike Some Several Months In The Life Of The Author, During Which Her Father Begins Treatment For A Possibly Malignant Tumor It was much, muchabout the protagonist the author , her th

  6. Alison Alison says:

    The main thing I would say about this book is that I wouldn t recommend it to anyone That doesn t just mean I would specifically say Don t read this but also literally, I can t think of anyone I d say Here, read this to, and that s unusual for me With pretty much any book, I can think of one or two specific people who I think would like it, get something out of it, what have you But this oneit s so..meh It s so oddly writtenit s partially stream of

  7. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I was trying to read the Anne Lamott books in order, but I just got this 1979 one, after I had started my reading, so it s out of order So I already know a lot of the facts of the apparently, most autobiographical story from reading the other books Still, there s lots in the book besides the facts I m enjoying getting to know this Anne Lamott It s like finally getting to meet a friend of friends I ve heard so much about her.

  8. Elisabeth Elisabeth says:

    This is a must read for anyone whose family has survived tragedy and loss with love and dark humor I love this family because it reminds me of my own Anne s struggle to cope with her father s terminal illness hit very, very close to home I love this book.

  9. Laura Laura says:

    I love Lamott s voice the dialogue in this book is some of her best writing The characters are perfectly drawn Worth reading

  10. Jane Jane says:

    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 I have read some of her memoirs, I cringed at how transparently the sweet but screwy protagonist, Jennifer, represented the author.Jennifer is 23 and her father has recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor She seems to have an unacknowledged drinking problem

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