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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOKLONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014PWs Best of the Year 2014The author of the best-selling and award-winning Netherland now gives us his eagerly awaited, stunningly different new novel a tale of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai. Distraught by a breakup with his long-term girlfriend, our unnamed hero leaves New York to take an unusual job in a strange desert metropolis. In Dubai at the height of its self-invention as a futuristic Shangri-la, he struggles with his new position as the family officer of the capricious and very rich Batros family. And he struggles, even more helplessly, with the doghouse, a seemingly inescapable condition of culpability in which he feels himself constantly trapped—even if hes just going to the bathroom, or reading e-mail, or scuba diving.

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