The City of East Lansing and Michigan State University have
selected Dave Eggers’ 2009 novel “Zeitoun” as the 2010 One Book, One Community
Set in New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina has
devastated the city, “Zeitoun” chronicles the journey of Syrian-American Abdulrahman Zeitoun,
his wife, Kathy, and their four children as they face the storm’s terrifying
“It’s the stuff of great narrative nonfiction,” New York
Times critic Timothy Egan wrote in a review last August. “Eggers, the boy
wonder of good intentions, has given us 21st-century Dickensian storytelling —
which is to say, a character-driven potboiler with a point. But here’s the
real trick: He does it without any writerly triple-lutzes or winks of
postmodern irony. There are no rants against President Bush, no cheap shots at
the authorities who let this city drown. He does it the old-fashioned way: with
show-not-tell prose, in the most restrained of voices.”
Eggers’ previous works include “A Heartbreaking Work of
Staggering Genius” and “What is the What”; he also penned “The Wild Things,”
which adapted Maurice Sendak’s children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” into
a full-length novel.
Eggers visits East Lansing High School at 7 p.m. Sunday,
Aug. 29 to launch the month-long program. Various “Zeitoun”-themed events and
readings are also planned.
For more information, visit www.onebook.msu.edu.