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- Full Title: Zeitoun
- When Written: 2006-2009
- Where Written: New Orleans and San Francisco
- When Published: 2009
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Creative nonfiction
- Setting: New Orleans, Louisiana; Phoenix, Arizona; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Climax: Zeitoun and his wife Kathy are reunited at the Hunt prison after a month of Zeitoun’s wrongful imprisonment.
- Antagonist: Many of Zeitoun’s and Kathy’s frustrations stem from the diffuse and complicated nature of their antagonists. The “system”—that is, the legal and judicial system as well as various levels of law enforcement, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency—has broken down as a result of Hurricane Katrina, so it is difficult to find one person to blame for Zeitoun’s wrongful arrest and imprisonment.
- Point of View: Reported third-person narrative
Extra Credit for Zeitoun
Bearing Witness. Eggers met the Zeitouns through the McSweeney’s oral history human rights imprint, “Voices of Witness.” One of the interviewees for a Katrina book was Abdulrahman Zeitoun.
Aftermath. The book notes the emotional problems faced by Kathy and Zeitoun in the years after the storm, and their marriage fell apart by the beginning of 2012.