Zeitoun (Hardcover)

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In his wonderful portrait of the Lost Boys of Sudan, What Is the What, Dave Eggers bridged the gap between fiction and biography. With Zeitoun,
he fully embraces the real, chronicling one man's experience of New
Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Abdulrahman Zeitoun was a middle-aged
contractor, loyal husband, loving father, and devout Muslim. When
Katrina struck, he stayed in New Orleans to care for his house and
business, never anticipating the surreal nightmare that would become of
his city. Eggers's keen eye for personal detail amidst a large-scale
disaster renders Zeitoun a vivid and mesmerizing portrait of
the astonishing conditions in which the residents of New Orleans
survived (and perished) in the wake of calamity.

— Michael

May 2010 Indie Next List


“Dave Eggers has performed a great service for Americans by introducing us to Syrian immigrant, New Orleans painting contractor, and family man Abdulrahman Zeitoun. We get to know Zeitoun and his family intimately, and his nightmare treatment by our government in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is a cautionary tale of a justice system run amok. Zeitoun reads like a novel, and Eggers' empathetic storytelling elicits admiration, outrage, and shame, but in the end, a glimmer of hope for us all. I dare you not to be moved.”
— Molly Young, Orinda Books, Orinda, CA

November 2010 Indie Next List


“Dave Eggers has performed a great service for Americans by introducing us to Syrian immigrant, New Orleans painting contractor, and family man Abdulrahman Zeitoun. We get to know Zeitoun and his family intimately, and his nightmare treatment by our government in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is a cautionary tale of a justice system run amok. Zeitoun reads like a novel, and Eggers' empathetic storytelling elicits admiration, outrage, and shame, but in the end, a glimmer of hope for us all. I dare you not to be moved.”
— Molly Young, Orinda Books, Orinda, CA

Product Details
ISBN: 9780241144848
Publisher: McSweeney's Books
Publication Date: March 1st, 2010