What Is What by Dave Eggers
The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, a Novel

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What Is the What
is the epic novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other children —the so-called Lost Boys—was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers, and wild animals, crossing the deserts of three countries to find freedom. When he finally is resettled in the United States, he finds a life full of promise, but also heartache and myriad new challenges. Moving, suspenseful, and unexpectedly funny, What Is the What is an astonishing novel that illuminates the lives of millions through one extraordinary man.

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About Dave Eggers

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DAVE EGGERS is the editor of McSweeney's and a cofounder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth, located in seven cities across the United States. He is the author of four books, including What Is the What and How We Are Hungry.
Published January 1, 2006 by McSweeney's Books,. 562 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Eggers’s generous spirit and seemingly inexhaustible energy — some of the qualities that made his memoir, “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” so popular — transform Valentino and the people he met on his journey into characters in a book with the imaginative sweep, the scope and, above a...

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