The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers,
bestselling 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 the world - 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. Praise for A Hologram
for the King: "A comic but deeply affecting tale about one man's
travails that also provides a bright, digital snapshot of our
times". (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). "Impressive, startling,
compelling. Proves how staggering a genius Eggers can be".
(Independent). "Hugely impressive. Why can't British novelists tell
a tale as crisply as Dave Eggers? Sets off at a cracking pace and
never lets up". (Mail on Sunday). Dave Eggers is the founder and
editor of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house based in San
Francisco. He is the author of seven previous books, including A
Hologram for the King (finalist for the National Book Award 2012),
Zeitoun (winner of the American Book Award and the Dayton Literary
Peace Prize) and What is the What, which was a finalist for the
2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and won France's Prix
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