By Josh Rottenberg
Updated June 10, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Dave Eggers, author of the bestselling memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and the novel What Is the What, has written a nonfiction book about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on one Muslim-American family. The book, entitled Zetouin, will be released next month. Eggers, who co-wrote the screenplay for the film Away We Go and wrote the script for Spike Jonze’s upcoming adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, first encountered the Zetouin family in the course of work on a Katrina oral history called Voices From the Storm: “Their story … is at the intersection of so many issues in recent American life,” Eggerstold the blog The Rumpus in an interview, “the debacle of the government response to Katrina, the struggles facing even the most successful immigrants, a judicial system in need of repair, the problem of wrongful conviction, the paranoia wrought by the War on Terror, widespread Islamophobia.”