Zeitoun

by Dave Eggers.

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the days after, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. But, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared. Eggers's riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun's roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy - an American who converted to Islam - and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun became possible. Like What Is the What, Zeitoun was written in close collaboration with its subjects and involved vast research - in this case, in the U.S., Spain, and Syria.


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Leah YousePosted December 7, 2012

I read this book in two sittings. I would have finished it in one, but I have a job and need meals to subsist. And as soon as I finished it sometime after midnight, I exhaled loudly and had to talk to my husband. Fortunately he's a night owl, as I ha...

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