Zeitoun by Dave Eggers is a remarkably-crafted and straightforward true tale of one man and his family’s struggle through impossible circumstances. Taking place in New Orleans right before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina had ravaged the city, Eggers details the breadth of the devastation with a keen eye and subtly adorned prose. The author’s genius, however, is that he has crafted a sly social commentary without ever once sounding preachy or nagging. Instead, it is a story of adventure, romance, survival, inequality, injustice, fear, family, faith, and hope. Above all, those final three hold fast and triumph, but not without the ordeal of Katrina taking its toll on the players in this drama, and so too the larger community of New Orleans and America as a whole.

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