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What Is the What

The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng

Dave Eggers


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (8/9/2017)
Digital Audiobook (3/20/2013)
Paperback (10/9/2007)
Paperback (7/1/2008)
MP3 CD (7/1/2007)
Compact Disc (7/1/2007)
Hardcover (11/1/2006)
Compact Disc (10/1/2007)


"New York Times Notable Book
New York Times Bestseller
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.

Perfection Learning, 9781613838303, 538pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2007

About the Author

Dave Eggers is the author of three previous books, "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," "You Shall Know Our Velocity!," and "How We Are Hungry." He is the editor of "McSweeney s," a quarterly magazine and book-publishing company, and is cofounder of 826 Valencia, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for young people. His interest in oral history led to his 2004 cofounding of Voice of Witness, a nonprofit series of books that use oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. As a journalist, his work has appeared in "The New Yorker," "Esquire," and "The Believer." He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and daughter."