Dave Eggers once made people cry, or at least feel. You wouldn’t know it now. While I enjoyed his polarizing 2013 technothriller The Circle, his new novel only fuels his critics’ chief complaint: that his hand has become heavier than his heart. Your Fathers — composed entirely in dialogue — centers on a troubled thirtysomething man who kidnaps, one by one, seven people (plus a dog) to…talk. In a series of conversations, the kidnapper uses (a) his friend’s untimely death and (b) NASA’s diminished ambitions to illustrate that young American lives today lack a sense of purpose. He makes his point loudly, but the belabored message would’ve better served a short story than this 200-plus-page hammer to the head. B-
YOUR FATHERS, WHERE ARE THEY? AND THE PROPHETS, DO THEY LIVE FOREVER? Dave Eggers
Genre: Fiction; Author: Dave Eggers; Status: In Season; Publisher: Knopf
Posted June 20 2014 — 12:00 AM EDT
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