Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

November 2011

 

  

Zeitoun is a fascinating book about survival during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  It also is the story of Abdulraham and Kathy Zeitoun who were married with children during the flood.  While Kathy fled with the children to safety, her contractor husband, Zeitoun, stayed in New Orleans to care for the various properties that they owned.  This nonfiction tale takes the reader through the harsh realities of the hurricane that included copious social justice lessons pertaining to xenophobia, poverty, race relations, and GLBT issues.  This book was the common reading assignment for the first year seminar at the University of Northern Iowa.  It gives readers incite into how liberty and justice for all is only an actuality for some.