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A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
In A Hologram for the King, Alan Clay is a middle-aged man trying to stave off financial ruin. He faces foreclosure on his house and is likely to be unable to pay his daughter's college tuition. He's had a successful sales career, but his previous job involved moving manufacturing overseas, which went so well he put himself out of a job. Now he's working as a consultant representing an American firm hoping to win a large IT contract for a new Saudi Arabian city being built from the ground up. Every day, they wait for Saudi King Abdullah to arrive in the city to view the hologram with their presentation, but every day, they're told that the king is somewhere else. Dave Eggers' novel has received positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "Mr. Eggers wisely does not strain to try to turn Alan's story into an existential parable of the human condition like 'Godot.' Instead, he has achieved something that is more modest and equally satisfying: the writing of a comic but deeply affecting tale about one man's travails that also provides a bright, digital snapshot of our times."