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By Dave Eggers

In a emerging Saudi Arabian urban, faraway from weary, recession-scarred the US, a suffering businessman pursues a last-ditch try to stave off foreclosures, pay his daughter’s collage university, and eventually do anything nice. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us worldwide 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 the way we came.

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He took the long way back, down a winding path that lead to the near-empty parking lot. Lake View Cemetery was a beautiful place, despite the somber graves that stood as cold reminders of so much loss and 44 • JAMIE FORD longing. The final resting place of Chief Seattle’s daughter and other notables like Asa Mercer and Henry Yesler, it was a walking tour of Seattle’s forgotten history. Not unlike the Nisei War Memorial Monument in the northeast corner. It was a smaller monument, smaller than the headstones of members of the Nordstrom family, dedicated to Japanese American veterans—locals who’d died fighting the Germans.

He’ll deal with it in his own way, and in his own time,” Ethel had said, shortly after she learned she had cancer. ” Ethel had taken Henry out on Green Lake, on a boat, beneath a sunny 40 • JAMIE FORD August sky, to tell him the bad news. “Oh, I’m not leaving anytime soon,” she’d said. ” She had never stopped mothering her son, and Henry for that matter. Until the treatments began, then everything got turned around. And seemed to stay that way. Now father and son waited in silence, ignoring the carts of dim sum that rolled by.

But that was okay. I’ll do what I have to, Henry thought. But along the way, I think I’m tired of being careful. Finishing his breakfast, he thanked his mother and gathered his books for school. Each had a newly wrapped cover—made from folded jazzclub flyers. After school that Wednesday, Henry and Keiko did their work duties. Emptied the trash in the classrooms. Pounded erasers. Then they waited for the danger to subside. Chaz and Denny Brown were responsible for retiring the flag each day, which kept them around a little longer than usual.

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