By Dave Eggers
In a emerging Saudi Arabian urban, faraway from weary, recession-scarred the United States, a suffering businessman pursues a last-ditch try and stave off foreclosures, pay his daughter’s university school, and eventually do anything nice. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the globe to teach how one guy fights to carry himself and his splintering relations jointly within the face of the worldwide economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a robust evocation of our modern second — and a relocating tale of ways we came.
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