By Dave Eggers
In a emerging Saudi Arabian urban, faraway from weary, recession-scarred the USA, a suffering businessman pursues a last-ditch try to stave off foreclosures, pay his daughter’s collage institution, and at last do anything nice. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us world wide to teach how one guy fights to carry himself and his splintering kinfolk 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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A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers