The Question and Answer section for Zeitoun is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Your first one:
"[Kathy] had not wanted their family to become collateral damage in a war that had no discernible fronts, no real shape, and no rules.” pg 252
Although Zeitoun’s home suffers mild damage, he is able to go outside in a period of calm. The streets are covered in eighteen inches of water, so he paddles a few blocks in the canoe, since he might never get the chance to do so again. He...
Kathy thinks the plane is crashing but the pilot tells them that they are flying low so the passengers coud see the damage to the city.