Zeitoun

Zeitoun

Zeitoun’s wife, Kathy was raised in a working-class, Southern Baptist family. She was married and quickly divorced at a young age. Feeling unmoored and unhappy, she began to learn more about Islam through her friend Yuko, and eventually she converted, finding peace in the religion that she hadn’t found in Christianity. Kathy is a loving wife and mother, as well as a crucial part of the Zeitouns’ business. She is prone to worrying about her husband, and she never fails to speak her mind to him or to anyone else. It is Kathy’s determination and refusal to back down that helps to free Zeitoun long before any of the other men he was arrested with.

Kathy Zeitoun Quotes in Zeitoun

The Zeitoun quotes below are all either spoken by Kathy Zeitoun or refer to Kathy Zeitoun. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Part 1: Friday August 26 Quotes

The banter they’d developed, full of his exasperation and her one-liners, was entertaining to everyone who overheard it. It was unavoidable, too, given how often they talked. Neither of them could operate their home, their company, their lives or days without the other.

Related Characters: Abdulrahman Zeitoun, Kathy Zeitoun
Page Number: 16
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Part 1: Saturday August 27 Quotes

She knew that in Islam she had found calm. The doubt sewn into the faith gave her room to think, to question. The answers the Qur’an provided gave her a way forward.

Related Characters: Kathy Zeitoun
Page Number: 67
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Part 3: Saturday September 17 Quotes

She had married a bullheaded man, a sometimes ridiculously stubborn man. He could be exasperating in his sense of destiny. […] But then again, she thought, it gave their marriage a certain epic scope.

Related Characters: Abdulrahman Zeitoun, Kathy Zeitoun
Page Number: 199
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Part 4: Monday September 12 Quotes

Kathy often worried about the National Guard and other soldiers returning to the United States after time in Iraq and Afghanistan. She warned him about passing groups of soldiers in airports, about walking near National Guard offices. “They’re trained to kill people like you,” she would say to Zeitoun, only half-joking. She had not wanted their family to become collateral damage in a war that had no discernible fronts, no real shape, and no rules.

Related Characters: Abdulrahman Zeitoun, Kathy Zeitoun
Page Number: 252
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Part 4: Tuesday September 27 Quotes

Kathy fell apart. She wailed and screamed. Somehow this, knowing that her husband was so close but that these layers of bureaucracy and incompetence were keeping her from him—it was too much. She cried out of frustration and rage. She felt like she was watching a baby drown, unable to do anything to save it.

Related Characters: Kathy Zeitoun
Page Number: 280
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Part 4: Thursday September 29 Quotes

They held each other for a long moment. She could feel his shoulder blades, his ribs. His neck seemed so thin and fragile, his arms skeletal. She pulled back, and his eyes were the same—green, long-lashed, touched with honey—but they were tired, defeated. She had never seen this in him. He had been broken.

Related Characters: Abdulrahman Zeitoun, Kathy Zeitoun
Page Number: 289
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Part 5: Fall 2008 Quotes

The Zeitouns have lived in seven apartments and houses since the storm. Their Dublin Street office was leveled and is now a parking lot. The house on Dart is still unfinished. They are tired.

Related Characters: Abdulrahman Zeitoun, Kathy Zeitoun
Page Number: 295
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Gonzalez talked about how the system is supposed to work: police officers investigate, make arrests, and then hand the process over to the judicial system. Under normal circumstances, if the men were innocent, he maintained, they would have been given a phone call and the opportunity to post bail. “They should have gotten a phone call,” he said.

Related Characters: Ralph Gonzalez (speaker), Abdulrahman Zeitoun, Kathy Zeitoun
Page Number: 304
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On the one hand, knowing that these two police officers had not purposely hunted and arrested a man because he was Middle Eastern gave them some comfort. But knowing that Zeitoun’s ordeal was caused instead by systemic ignorance and malfunction—and perhaps long-festering paranoia on the part of the National Guard and whatever other agencies were involved—was unsettling. It said, quite clearly, that this wasn’t a case of a bad apple or two in the barrel. The barrel itself was rotten.

Related Characters: Abdulrahman Zeitoun, Kathy Zeitoun, Donald Lima, Ralph Gonzalez
Page Number: 307
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To dial a number given to you by a man in a cage, to tell the voice on the other end, “I saw him.” Is that complicated? Is that an act of great heroism in the United States of America? It should not be so.

Related Characters: Abdulrahman Zeitoun, Kathy Zeitoun, Missionary
Page Number: 319
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Kathy Zeitoun Character Timeline in Zeitoun

The timeline below shows where the character Kathy Zeitoun appears in Zeitoun. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Friday August 26
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...years later, in 2005, Abdulrahman wakes up in New Orleans, Louisiana, next to his wife Kathy. He lets the memories of Jableh recede. It’s 6 a.m., and he knows the peace... (full context)
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Kathy and Zeitoun (as most people call Abdulrahman, since they have trouble pronouncing his first name)... (full context)
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Kathy is the office manager, while her husband handles the building and painting: Kathy’s native Louisiana... (full context)
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Kathy and Zeitoun’s children, Nademah, Aisha, and Safiya, are currently obsessed with the movie Pride and... (full context)
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Kathy worries about Zeitoun, who today, as usual, eats barely anything for his 12-hour shifts, and... (full context)
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...to the girls touching and jumping on him: he is both firm and pliant. For Kathy, his long-lashed eyes tend to disguise when he’s upset: though he is 13 years older... (full context)
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Kathy adjusts her hijab (headscarf)—a nervous habit of hers—as she watches Zeitoun leave. His white van... (full context)
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In the kitchen, Kathy gasps as she realizes the kids will be late for school, and she quickly bundles... (full context)
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Still, Kathy cherishes her family, and is thankful for being able to provide for her children, knowing... (full context)
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...is announcing that the storm heading into the Gulf of Mexico is a Category 1. Kathy hadn’t paid much attention to Katrina, since people often get worried about hurricanes heading to... (full context)
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After dropping off the girls, Kathy turns the radio back on, and hears that there are 110-mile-per-hour winds and storm surges... (full context)
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Kathy had grown up in Baton Rouge in a Southern Baptist family, so ending up as... (full context)
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...about the storm Katrina. He heads to the Presbytere Museum in Jackson Square, and then Kathy calls from home with a new job, also mentioning the high winds and approaching storm,... (full context)
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Zeitoun calls Kathy back. She is online and is tracking the storm, which has already killed three people... (full context)
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Afterwards, Zeitoun calls Kathy, who says the storm looks like it’s turning into a Category 3. Zeitoun still thinks... (full context)
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Kathy gets deeply affected by stories like these, and she calls Zeitoun to tell him that... (full context)
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...know if this didn’t work out. Months later it hadn’t, so Ahmaad told Zeitoun about Kathy, an American who had converted to Islam, but who had a two-year-old son from a... (full context)
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Ahmaad gave Zeitoun the address of the furniture store where Kathy worked, and Zeitoun pulled into its parking lot one day to wait and watch for... (full context)
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Zeitoun told Ahmaad that he needed to meet Kathy. They agreed to meet at Ahmaad and Yuko’s house. Kathy immediately found Zeitoun attractive, though... (full context)
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Back in New Orleans, Kathy calls Zeitoun in the early afternoon about a problem with a client. She begins to... (full context)
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...Once, a Southern woman in her sixties had seemed fine when on the phone with Kathy, but then had complained about non-white people working on the house. Kathy had laughed and... (full context)
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...if it’s a white Christian. Zeitoun often quotes a Qur’an passage emphasizing equality of men. Kathy admires his spirit, but doesn’t like him getting so worked up in front of the... (full context)
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Zeitoun especially can’t stand anyone raising his or her voice to Kathy. One young woman had once asked Zeitoun for a quick turnaround, three days, for a... (full context)
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Back at the room with the tangerine bathroom, Zeitoun calls Kathy back to run through prices, and notes the massive, antique tub in the bathroom. Kathy... (full context)
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At Kathy’s home, Melvin, a Guatemalan painter, knocks on the door to be paid before the weekend.... (full context)
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On television, everything is about the impending storm. Kathy hears more about the family of five, the father a construction supervisor, who had gone... (full context)
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After that, Zeitoun understood that Kathy was serious. She continued to make plans, and once in awhile he would join, but... (full context)
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Kathy decides to head to the grocery store to stock up on basic supplies. She adjusts... (full context)
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...would sneak up behind a woman, grab her hijab and run. This almost happened to Kathy when shopping one day with a friend, Asma, who was Muslim but didn’t wear the... (full context)
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After 9/11, Kathy had seen very few Muslim women in public, and though that they were probably hiding.... (full context)
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Today, at the grocery store, there are no such confrontations. Kathy soon leaves to pick up her daughters. The girls ask if they’re planning to leave... (full context)
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After dinner, Kathy and the girls watch Pride and Prejudice yet again as Zeitoun does chores. Kathy is... (full context)
Part 1: Saturday August 27
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The next morning, Zeitoun and Kathy turn on the TV to see Michael Brown, the director of the Federal Emergency Management... (full context)
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...huge enclosed arena in New Orleans) will be open as a “shelter of last resort.” Kathy remembers how ill-supplied and overcrowded the Superdome had been during hurricanes before, and she wonders... (full context)
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Kathy continues to try to convince Zeitoun to leave, but he’s never evacuated before and doesn’t... (full context)
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After securing some work sites, Zeitoun returns to say goodbye to his family. Kathy has packed enough for two days, figuring they’ll return on Monday night. There’s still no... (full context)
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...worked in the past. Still, he feels somewhat cheerful having the city all to himself. Kathy has no such luck: at 6:30 she is stuck in traffic a few minutes outside... (full context)
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Kathy guesses that there are ten thousand cars on the road with her, and is overwhelmed... (full context)
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Still, Kathy is looking forward to a few days in Baton Rouge, though she is a little... (full context)
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Kathy had grown up in a chaotic home but a tidy, working-class family neighborhood. Kathy was... (full context)
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After high school Kathy and Yuko worked together at Dunkin’ Donuts. Kathy rented her own apartment and felt a... (full context)
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A few years later, Kathy was divorced and living alone with Zachary. She was working two jobs, one as a... (full context)
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Kathy was touched by passages in the Qur’an that reached out to other faiths. Kathy had... (full context)
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At the time, Kathy was attending a large evangelical church, but she was increasingly disconcerted by some things, like... (full context)
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As Kathy was struggling that week, one of the preachers at church stopped by at Webster one... (full context)
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Kathy felt a renewed commitment to Christianity after this. She sat near the front at church... (full context)
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Talking to Yuko, Kathy realized that this preacher didn’t understand how Christianity, Judaism, and Islam were all branches of... (full context)
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Finally Kathy converted, pronouncing the shahadah, the pledge of faith, in front of Yuko and other women... (full context)
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Kathy found a sense of calm in Islam. She grew less aggressive towards her family, and... (full context)
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Back on the road, Kathy finally arrives in Baton Rouge at 11:30 at night. She calls Zeitoun once she puts... (full context)
Part 1: Sunday August 28
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Kathy wakes up before dawn and turns on the TV to see that Katrina is heading... (full context)
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...Rouge, there are high winds and black skies, and the power goes out by evening. Kathy tries to call Zeitoun but can’t reach him, so she assumes the lines are down.... (full context)
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Zeitoun manages to call Kathy that evening to tell her that there are only strong winds so far. The storm... (full context)
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...been intrigued by the 16-foot-long canoe, which seemed associated with escape and exploration. At home, Kathy had shaken her head at her husband, but knew that it wouldn’t hurt to keep... (full context)
Part 1: Monday August 29
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Meanwhile, Kathy goes to Wal-Mart with the kids to stock up on supplies. The place is nearly... (full context)
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That evening the water recedes entirely and the streets are dry, so Zeitoun calls Kathy to tell her to return home. She’s about to eat dinner with the kids, and... (full context)
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...it’s a little scary to be among the only ones left—something he never would tell Kathy. Adnan has gone to Baton Rouge with his pregnant wife, and he asks if Zeitoun... (full context)
Part 2: Tuesday August 30
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Zeitoun quickly calls Kathy, but then has to get to work. He lifts as much furniture as he can... (full context)
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...neighborhood is under nine feet of water and Zeitoun can’t do anything else. He calls Kathy, realizing that the house will have to be gutted when it’s over. Zeitoun thinks of... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Adnan calls Kathy to ask if she knows of a place to stay. She says she’ll speak to... (full context)
Part 2: Wednesday August 31
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In Baton Rouge, Kathy is growing increasingly anxious from the radio reports. She hears of violence, chaos, and thousands... (full context)
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When Kathy returns home, her mother points to her hijab and tells her to take “that thing”... (full context)
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...it’s not irreparable, which comforts Zeitoun. The landline here is still working, so Zeitoun calls Kathy, who shouts Alhamdulilah, Arabic for “Praise be to God,” and immediately orders him to leave... (full context)
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On TV, Kathy watches reports of disorder and lawlessness. The news says that New Orleans is now a... (full context)
Part 2: Thursday September 1
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Early that morning, Kathy buckles her kids into the car to drive the 1500 miles to Phoenix. She knows... (full context)
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Listening to the radio, Kathy is even more scared by reports of lawlessness and a message from Governor Blanco that... (full context)
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Frazzled, Kathy pulls into a rest stop and calls Yuko, who tells her to stay there. Yuko... (full context)
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...feels invigorated at what he’s done to help the animals, and looks forward to calling Kathy to tell her. She lets out a sigh of relief when he reaches her, and... (full context)
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Yuko, meanwhile, has arranged for Kathy and the kids to sleep at the home of a longtime friend, Miss Mary, in... (full context)
Part 2: Friday September 2
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...from the office into a boat. Zeitoun realizes that these are the kind of people Kathy warned about: criminal opportunists. When one sees Zeitoun, he reveals the handle of a gun... (full context)
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Kathy tells Zeitoun that some friends have called. Knowing Zeitoun is still in the city, they’ve... (full context)
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...on campus, he wants to see what has happened to the city and his home. Kathy has always thought Nasser to be a somewhat fragile man. Sometimes Nasser does housepainting for... (full context)
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...a church pastor. His sister often used to eat at the Zeitouns’, since she loved Kathy’s cooking. (full context)
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Meanwhile, Yuko’s husband Ahmaad arrives in Houston to drive Kathy and her family to Phoenix. Though Ahmaad discourages Kathy from listening to the news, even... (full context)
Part 2: Saturday September 3
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Ahmaad, Kathy, and the kids arrive in Arizona midday on Saturday, where the kids immediately start playing... (full context)
Part 2: Sunday September 4
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...each been killed, shot in the head. He quickly returns to Claiborne, where he calls Kathy and tells her he just saw the most terrible thing. Zeitoun can’t imagine why someone... (full context)
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Still, Zeitoun is eager to ask Kathy if the kids are in school yet. She says she’ll try the next day. Kathy... (full context)
Part 2: Monday September 5
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Walt’s husband Rob calls Kathy to check on the family, and is shocked to hear that Zeitoun has stayed behind... (full context)
Part 2: Tuesday September 6
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They return to Claiborne, where Zeitoun decides not to tell Kathy about the helicopter. He asks her if she’s put the kids in school yet, but... (full context)
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...of wild lawlessness. Zeitoun tells him he needs to get off the phone to call Kathy. When he hangs up, Nasser calls to him that more men are here, asking if... (full context)
Part 3: Wednesday September 7
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Kathy worries that Zeitoun hadn’t called her the day before, but Yuko tells her not to... (full context)
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Terrified, Kathy calls the Claiborne house again and again. Yuko tries to reassure her that the phone... (full context)
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Kathy tries to distract herself by finding Oprah Winfrey’s show, but instead she finds herself watching... (full context)
Part 3: Thursday September 8
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The next day Kathy feels in better spirits, assuming that Zeitoun might have simply forgotten to call, but she... (full context)
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Ahmad calls Kathy, and he’s worried now, too. He says he’ll try to contact the missing person agencies... (full context)
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Then Zeitoun’s family begins to call from Syria, asking if Kathy has heard from her husband. Kathy feels increasingly burdened, and racks her brain for anyone... (full context)
Part 3: Friday September 9
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Kathy has overheard her daughters talking to Yuko’s kids about their dad being lost and their... (full context)
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...phone rings again and Aisha, another sister of Zeitoun’s, calls to ask where he is. Kathy calmly tells her that he is fine. But she goes online and immediately sees that... (full context)
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...had driven towards Zeitoun’s house but couldn’t reach it because of the water. He tells Kathy he’ll call a friend with a helicopter. (full context)
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All day Zeitoun’s family calls from Lattakia, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere, asking why Kathy hadn’t heard him yet, and updating her on the news (which she can’t bear to... (full context)
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Kathy goes into the bathroom and realizes that for the first time a stripe of white... (full context)
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That day, Yuko and Ahmaad take Kathy and the kids to Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where the Red Cross has set up a... (full context)
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Kathy calls Claiborne again, and then the phone company to ask if the lines are down.... (full context)
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Aisha seems most affected, alternately worried, resigned, and irritable. That night Kathy brushes her hair to comfort her, and in response to Aisha’s questions tells her that... (full context)
Part 3: Sunday September 11
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It’s been six days since Kathy has spoken to Zeitoun, and she can’t make sense of it. She can’t imagine that... (full context)
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Kathy has to think of life insurance, and of how to support her children. She wonders... (full context)
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Kathy sees another email from Ahmad to the TV station that had interviewed Zeitoun, asking for... (full context)
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Ahmaad and Yuko reassure Kathy that Zeitoun is stubborn and plucky—it’s normal for him to be out of contact for... (full context)
Part 3: Monday September 12
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Finally, Kathy makes some calls to get her children into the closest public school. The girls are... (full context)
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On the way home, Kathy hears that the death toll has spiked to 279. She asks herself if she has... (full context)
Part 3: Tuesday September 13
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Today the death toll jumps to 423. Kathy calls Claiborne every hour, and then calls Todd Gambino’s girlfriend, who is in Mississippi, and... (full context)
Part 3: Wednesday September 14
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The death toll is now at 648. Kathy continues to check in with the Red Cross. The girls are now at school, but... (full context)
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Kathy thinks back to the massive support network of Zeitoun’s family in Syria. She had gone... (full context)
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In Jableh they had stayed with Abdulrahman’s brother, and had visited cousins all throughout town. Kathy had loved his family. Now she wonders if she could take the kids there—a radical... (full context)
Part 3: Saturday September 17
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Kathy can’t help but check the TV and internet constantly, searching for her husband’s name, or... (full context)
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...violence and chaos of the city comes from—the residents or those sent to bring order. Kathy reads that private-security firms have sent soldiers-for-hire into the city from all over the world,... (full context)
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Kathy calculates that hundreds of rifles and machine guns must be in the city, and wonders... (full context)
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Kathy searches more websites, learning that 1,000 state police officers, SWAT teams, men from Border Control... (full context)
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...number of pictures from the family’s visit to Málaga, Spain the year before. This reminds Kathy of the intense hike that Zeitoun had forced the family to take. As they were... (full context)
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Kathy had to laugh, simultaneously furious and content to be married to such a stubborn man.... (full context)
Part 3: Monday September 19
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Kathy wakes up determined to go back to New Orleans and hunt down her husband. She... (full context)
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Nademah suggests that they all pray together in the living room. Just then, Kathy’s cell phone rings, and a man asks if this is Mrs. Zeitoun. He says he... (full context)
Part 4: Tuesday September 6
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...this has something to do with the mandatory evacuation, and he just needs to call Kathy, who can call a lawyer. But he needs Yuko’s number, which is on the hall... (full context)
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Zeitoun and Kathy have worried before about the eagerness of the Department of Homeland Security to interrogate anyone... (full context)
Part 4: Wednesday September 7
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...the city will stabilize and order will be restored. As soon as he can call Kathy, she’ll find a lawyer and sort everything out. (full context)
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Zeitoun feels enormously guilty: he knows Kathy was right, and he should have left when she told him to. He could endure... (full context)
Part 4: Friday September 9
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...Zeitoun’s side is worse, becoming a throbbing ache, but he continues to think mainly of Kathy, and by how much she must be suffering. In the middle of the night, he... (full context)
Part 4: Monday September 12
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...out why anyone had paid attention to them in the first place. In the past, Kathy has worried about soldiers returning to the U.S. after Iraq and Afghanistan, half-joking that they’re... (full context)
Part 4: Tuesday September 13
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...to give his name to every prisoner he might meet, to increase his chances of Kathy hearing about him should the prisoner be released. But he can’t truly believe that others... (full context)
Part 4: Thursday September 15
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...to, and wishes he had taken out a larger one. He’s sure that by now Kathy would have checked the value. (full context)
Part 4: Sunday September 18
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...he must be difficult to believe, but he asks if he can just write down Kathy’s cell phone number. The missionary says this is against the rules, but he tears out... (full context)
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For the first time in days, Zeitoun feels hopeful, imagining Kathy’s reaction when she finds out that he’s alive. Zeitoun struggles to sleep that night, grateful... (full context)
Part 4: Monday September 19
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...been through and ask what they can do for him. He asks them to call Kathy, and they say they will. (full context)
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Kathy is still beside herself, having gotten the call from the missionary only a few hours... (full context)
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Kathy praises God and embraces Yuko. They make plans to get the kids out of school... (full context)
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Kathy almost collapses—she doesn’t have a number for the man from Homeland Security, and now she... (full context)
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Kathy calls a lawyer, Raleigh Ohlmeyer, who had helped some of Zeitoun’s workers with legal issues... (full context)
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Raleigh calls Kathy back and tells him about Zeitoun, whom Raleigh has just seen in his canoe on... (full context)
Part 4: Tuesday September 20
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In the morning Ahmad calls back and tells Kathy not to tell the other siblings that Zeitoun is in prison—it’ll only make them worry... (full context)
Part 4: Thursday September 22
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Raleigh calls Kathy to tell her that he’s been to Hunt, and they’ve confirmed that Zeitoun is there.... (full context)
Part 4: Friday September 23
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Finally Raleigh tells Kathy that it could be helpful for her to come to Baton Rouge to assist his... (full context)
Part 4: Sunday September 25
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Kathy is fearful as the plane descends into New Orleans, flying low over the city so... (full context)
Part 4: Monday September 26
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Zeitoun knows nothing about what Kathy and Raleigh are doing, and he can only hope that the missionary and Homeland Security... (full context)
Part 4: Tuesday September 27
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Raleigh calls Kathy to tell her that there’s finally a court date. He asks Kathy to gather as... (full context)
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Kathy begins to cry again, furious at the levels of bureaucracy and incompetence. After calming down,... (full context)
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Raleigh calls Kathy back and apologizes, saying that he’s found out that the hearing will be held at... (full context)
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Now that Zeitoun knows that Kathy and his family know he’s alive, he doesn’t think it’s worth it to get free... (full context)
Part 4: Wednesday September 28
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Kathy holds her breath as she drives into Hunt. The friends begin to trickle in: Rob... (full context)
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...goes to see what is happening: the hearing has been canceled with no explanation. Now Kathy has to go back into the city to find papers proving ownership of the office... (full context)
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Adnan drives Kathy into the city, where they are immediately struck by an overpowering, acrid, and rotten smell.... (full context)
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They continue on to Dublin, where Kathy is shocked that the fire had stopped only a few yards from their building. The... (full context)
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The file cabinets have moved, and the desk organizers are all over the floor, so Kathy makes a pile of the files that are unreadable, hoping that one might be enough... (full context)
Part 4: Thursday September 29
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In the morning, Kathy and Adnan drive to the prison before eight and gather in the waiting room. They... (full context)
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A white bus arrives at the gate, and as Kathy watches, her husband steps down onto the pavement. He’s lost twenty pounds and his hair... (full context)
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...possible, not trusting that the officers won’t change their minds. Ten minutes later, Ahmad calls Kathy’s phone and she tells him the good news, passing the phone to Zeitoun. Ahmad can... (full context)
Part 5: Fall 2008
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As time goes on, Kathy feels that she is growing more forgetful, as if the wiring in her brain has... (full context)
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In the fall of 2008, Zeitoun, Kathy, and their family move back into their old house on Dart, though it’s been gutted... (full context)
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Upon returning from Hunt, Kathy and Zeitoun had moved into the studio apartment of one of their rental units on... (full context)
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Zeitoun and Kathy returned to their home on Dart not long after his release from prison. It smelled... (full context)
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After two weeks, Kathy and Zeitoun are ready to reunite with the kids in New Orleans. Zeitoun is nervous... (full context)
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One day Kathy receives a letter from FEMA, offering the Zeitouns a free two-bedroom trailer. In December 2005... (full context)
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Zeitoun and Kathy begin to buy houses in their neighborhood, and soon began renovating some and renting others... (full context)
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...months go by without anyone returning to pick up the trailer. Finally, in April 2007, Kathy writes a letter about the saga to the newspaper the Times-Picayune. The morning it’s published... (full context)
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Kathy also begins to have stomach problems, and grows clumsier, sometimes feeling as if she has... (full context)
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While Kathy and Zeitoun are originally reluctant, their friends urged them to hold those responsible for their... (full context)
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...few months after Zeitoun was released, the lawyer they hired had found his arrest report. Kathy clung to the names on it: Donald Lima and Ralph Gonzalez. Gonzalez was from out... (full context)
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Kathy also soon receives a document from a friend that better helps her understand the mindset... (full context)
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Kathy isn’t certain whether learning such things is helpful or not. She and her family are... (full context)
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In the week after Zeitoun’s release, after he had recovered somewhat, Kathy insisted that they return to Camp Greyhound to recover Zeitoun’s wallet, which contained his ID.... (full context)
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As they waited, a reporter from the Netherlands started asking Zeitoun and Kathy why they were there. Kathy didn’t hesitate to tell him about her husband’s wrongful arrest,... (full context)
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The assistant district attorney finally asked how he could help Kathy and Zeitoun. He said that the wallet was still being used as evidence, and they... (full context)
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Though Zeitoun felt more cautious, Kathy marched them back inside and, nearly in tears, demanded that the assistant DA do something.... (full context)
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Now Kathy rarely gets that focused and angry, and her rage is more diffuse. She’s become more... (full context)
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...who was born in November 2006. Zeitoun’s brother Ahmad, the namesake, still lives in Spain. Kathy works less these days, preferring to care for the baby. She no longer feels up... (full context)
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Kathy has been spending time trying to deal with her medical issues. Doctors have asked what... (full context)
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Kathy thinks about how easily the situation could have been avoided if one person had shown... (full context)
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Kathy worries that her husband works too hard now, even while fasting, as he’s grown more... (full context)