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Harcourt Brace & Co., Jan 18, 1999 - Fiction - 350 pages
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In a tale that combines the clash of cultures, the lure of the exotic, and the brutal reality of a refugee’s life into a memorable human comedy, we come to understand what it means to be an american. The saviors of this witty novel set in a Vietnamese refugee camp are a pair of americans who find themselves fomenting rebellion. “Eggers is a first novelist of rare taste and intelligence as well as rare experience” (Jane Smiley).

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Though principally about Americans Reuben Gill and Bobbi "Porkpie" Sortini, Eggers's debut novel is set in a Vietnamese refugee camp in Malaysia. Working for a United Nations program, Reuben and ... Read full review


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Fiction writer PAUL EGGERS holds a BA from the University of Washington, an MA from Penn State, and is a PhD candidate at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. His work has appeared in Sonora Review, The Quarterly, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Besides writing fiction, Eggers writes interviews, profiles, and political analyses for Inside Chess. He has also published poetry. He is the author of the n novel Saviors (Harcourt Brace) and How Water Feels (Southern Methodist UP). He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia (1976-78) and an Education Advisor for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Malaysia and the Phillipines. In 1997 he won the Merit Award from the Nebraska Arts Council's Individual Artists Fellowships program.

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