Families: Siblings Raising Siblings

For parentless children who stay together, growing up is a challenge

At some point along the way, almost every child fantasizes about what life would be like without parents. It would be oodles of fun, with unlimited television, ice cream every night for dinner and none of those pesky rules imposed by the adult world. And, of course, there would be no homeowner's insurance, car payments or utility bills either. Except that's not the way it works.

Dave Eggers, in his best-selling A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Vintage, 2001) recounts with candor and humor how he raised Toph, a brother 13 years his junior, following the death of their parents...

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