The Circle (Hardcover)
|Author: Dave Eggers|
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The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award.
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world?s most powerful internet company, she feels she?s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users? personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company?s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can?t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America?even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman?s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
Dave Eggers, along with Rick Moody and David Foster Wallace, is considered one of the most influential and dazzling postmodern writers of the early 21st century. He is known for his brainy sense of humor, his pop-culture references, and his extensive use of appendices, lists, charts, and other miscellanea. Eggers exploded into the literary world with the publication of A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS (2000), a semi-fictionalized memoir about the death of his parents and his founding of a magazine in San Francisco while taking care of his younger brother. Hailed as a postmodern CATCHER IN THE RYE, it became an instant bestseller with young, savvy readers, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Since his smash debut Eggers has built an impressive literary empire out of his wry, hipper-than-thou, metafictional aesthetic. His literary journal, McSweeney's, has grown from a humble black-and-white publication to a polymorphic extravaganza, featuring peerless design and the fiction of the most irreverent and inventive writers of the generation. McSweeney's has also become a prolific independent publisher, publishing the book-review magazine THE BELIEVER as well as work by such idiosyncratic writers and literary darlings as Lydia Davis, Lawrence Weschler, Nick Hornby, and George Saunders. Eggers also edits and helped found THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING series, a testament to his stature in the world of unorthodox and experimental writing. Since AHWOSG (as he refers to his first novel), Eggers has published two novels and a collection of short stories, though none of them have achieved the same meteoric success. He is married to the writer Vendela Vida, and lives in San Francisco.
"Eggers presents a Swiftian scenario so absurd in its logic and compelling in its motives that the worst thing possible will be for people to miss the joke." 09/13/2013 "Using his fluent prose and instinctive storytelling gifts, Mr. Eggers does a nimble, and sometimes very funny, job of sending up technophiles' naïveté, self-interest and misguided idealism." - Michiko Kakutani 10/04/2013 "[C]hilling and enormously absorbing." - Karen Valby 10/11/2013