Dave Eggers was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois, an affluent town near Chicago.
When Eggers was 21, both of his parents died of cancer within a year of one another, leaving Eggers to care for his 8-year-old brother, Toph. Eggers put his journalism studies at the University of Illinois on hold and moved to Berkeley, California where he raised Toph, supporting them by working odd jobs.
Dave Eggers is the author of six previous books, including "Zeitoun" and "What Is the What" A native of Chicago, Eggers graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism.
He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.