Author(s): Dave Eggers
Dave Eggers is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically lauded A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Here he chronicles the Kafka-esque tribulations of Syrian-American Abdulrahman Zeitoun in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. His story is a moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
Winner of Dayton Literary Peace Prize: Non-Fiction 2010.
Eggers uses Zeitoun's eyes to report on America's reasonless post-Katrina world. Reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's documentaries, this is a true story told with the skills of a master of fiction. Immensely readable Independent Masterly. Brilliantly crafted, powerfully written and deftly reported Guardian The shocking tale of a true New Orleans hero. This is narrative non-fiction at its very, very best Herald Shocking The Times Extraordinary, gripping Daily Telegraph Terrifying Observer Riveting Vanity Fair
Dave Eggers is the author of six previous books, including What is the What, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of France's Prix Medicis Etranger. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco. In 2002, he co-founded 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth throughout the United States. As a journalist, Eggers's work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Time, and Esquire. In 2004, Eggers taught at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and there he cofounded Voice of Witness, a series of books using oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world.