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Making the Rest of Us Look Bad, Dave Eggers to Release Another Novel in June

Scott Lucas | April 16, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

While the rest of the world of writers hits our four-blog-posts-a-day quota only though sheer willpower (and caffeine), San Francisco novelist Dave Eggers makes it look easy. Though his most recent novel, The Circle, came out in September, he's already announced a new book, which will be coming out in June 17th.

The book steals the title "Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?" from what would have been an album of Arcade Fire rare tracks and b-sides, and focuses on "one man struggling to make sense of his country, seeking answers the only way he knows how." It's written entirely in dialogue.

According to his publisher's announcement, "In a barracks on an abandoned military base, miles from the nearest road, Thomas watches as the man he has brought wakes up. Kev, a NASA astronaut, doesn’t recognize his captor, though Thomas remembers him. Kev cries for help. He pulls at his chain. But the ocean is close by, and nobody can hear him over the waves and wind. Thomas apologizes. He didn’t want to have to resort to this. But they really needed to have a conversation, and Kev didn’t answer his messages. And now, if Kev can just stop yelling, Thomas has a few questions."

So what's the secret to Eggers' prolificacy? Well, take one part doing no research at all, mix it with three parts long-winded odes to just how good you are at throwing a Frisbee, and add several dashes of overwrought white liberal guilt.

Then serve with a massive helping of pure talent.

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