Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful
A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss
by Stephanie Wittels Wachs
Pub Date 06 Mar 2018
A memoir of family, addiction, and grief from the sister of Harris Wittels, the Parks and Recreation writer whose death shocked the comedy world...
In 2015, Stephanie Wittels Wachs’s life was changed forever by one phone call. Her little brother Harris, a star in the comedy world and known for his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, had died of a heroin overdose. TMZ had leaked the story of his death before Stephanie could even share the news with her mother, and thousands of people flocked to the internet to call her brother an idiot and to declare that he deserved it. Suddenly, Stephanie found herself at the cruel and bewildering nexus of Facebook, celebrity, and grief.
An extraordinarily thoughtful and moving meditation on grief, Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful combines a heartbreaking journey of loss with a compelling portrait of a comedic genius and a profound exploration of the love between siblings. In beautiful, sentimental, yet starkly funny prose, Stephanie Wittels Wachs has penned A Year of Magical Thinking for a new generation of readers.
“Incredible.” -Aziz Ansari
“Beautiful, funny, and epically poignant.” —Sarah Silverman
"In unflinching detail and with remarkable openness, Wachs describes the ugly and complicated nature of mourning someone who was not only a brother and best friend, but also an addict, a public figure, and a comedic genius whose life was cut off at the very cusp of success...a powerful debut that will resonate especially with readers who have loved and lost someone to addiction." - Kirkus
"Human and heartbreaking, this sister’s story of living with and losing a brother to addiction is a doozy. A great read and an intimate and illuminating account of an addict’s impact on a family." - Bill Clegg, author of Portrait of an Addict as Young Man and Did You Ever Have a Family