A Hologram for the King (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Aug 1, 2012 - Fiction - 250 pages
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In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman named Alan Clay pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together.

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The plot also looks interesting in summary as well. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Elizabeth Schurman - Goodreads

The story is engaging and the setting is interesting. I like books with people traveling, such a useful conceit. I find the plot tries a little too hard to be about SOMETHING IMPORTANT AND TIMELY like ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andres - Goodreads

Left me feeling as if the story was incomplete. Not that I wanted a happy ending but an ending of any kind would have been nice. He seemed to invite making our hero small when he was feeling strong and the inclusion of a pseudo love interest only seemed contrived. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Dave Eggers is the author of six previous books, including Zeitoun, winner of the American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. What Is the What was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and won France’s Prix Medici. That book, about Valentino Achak Deng, a survivor of the civil war in Sudan, gave birth to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, which operates a secondary school in South Sudan run by Mr. Deng. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that produces a quarterly journal, a monthly magazine, The Believer, and an oral history series, Voice of Witness. In 2002, with Nínive Calegari he co-founded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. Local communities have since opened sister 826 centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Boston and Washington, DC, and similar centers now exist in London (the Ministry of Stories), Dublin (Fighting Words) and in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Melbourne, and many other cities. A native of Chicago, Eggers now lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.

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