“Day after day, middle-aged American consultant Alan Clay and his young IT team sit in a tent in the Saudi Arabian desert, waiting for King Abdullah to show. Their company has prepared a holographic presentation in hopes of winning the bid to supply technological infrastructure to the King’s un-built city. This is the backdrop for Dave Eggers’s novel about a man undergoing a midlife crisis. Alan is deeply in debt, can’t pay his daughter’s college tuition, and he has discovered a growth perilously near his spine. Alan wants, once again, to be an impressive businessman: to close the deal. But an elusive King, strange customs, and his pent-up emotions all conspire to derail his plans. A Hologram for the King is a meditation on one’s usefulness in life.”—Read more and buy A Hologram for the King from Annie Bloom’s Books.