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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

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National Bestseller
A "New York Times "Notable Book
An "O, The Oprah Magazine "Terrific Read of the Year
A "Huffington Post "Best Book of the Year
A "New Yorker "Favorite Book of the Year
A "Chicago Tribune "Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year
A "Kansas City Star" Best Book of the Year
A "San Francisco Chronicle" Best Book of the Year
An "Entertainment Weekly" Best Book of the Decade
The true story of one family, caught between America's two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.
Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family's unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781613831205
ISBN-10: 161383120X
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Publication Date: June 15th, 2010
Pages: 337
Language: English