At first glance

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At first glance, a reader might wonder what a story about a flailing American businessman trying to win a contract over the Chinese in the Saudi desert has to do with Eggers’s celebrated memoir about losing both of his parents within five weeks at the age of 21, and tending to his younger brother. But the strength of all his work comes from his sense of loss and pain, mixed with his decidedly American wish to try to bring his orphaned characters to a provisional shelter. It’s Eggers’s tragic sense “Were scars the best evidence of living?” he writes here that gives fiber and nuance to his desire for something better, and ensures that his hope for some kind of understanding never becomes merely sentimental.

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