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These Rotten Kids Today

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The literary wunderkind-turned-editor-turned-philanthropist Dave Eggers begins his new novel in heaven, or at least heaven as imagined by its 24-year-old protagonist, Mae Holland: “A million people, a billion, wanted to be where Mae was at this moment, entering this atrium, thirty feet high and shot through with California light, on her first day working for the only company that really mattered at all.” The year is sometime in the very near future, and the name of the company is the title of the novel, The Circle (Knopf, 504 pages), which Eggers tells us “changed the internet, in toto” thanks to an operating system known as TruYou. TruYou promised “one account, one identity, one password, one payment system per person,” which meant that “the era of false identities, identity theft, multiple user names, complicated passwords and payment systems was over.”

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Fernanda Moore writes about fiction for Commentary.