Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Preview: Children of Dust – A Memoir of Pakistan by Ali Eteraz


Book Stats:

  • Children of Dust - A Memoir of Pakistan
    By Ali Eteraz
    Published by HarperOne - October 2009
  • 978-0-06-156708-7

Editorial Info:

An extraordinary personal journey from Islamic fundamentalism to a new life in the West.

Ali Eteraz's Children of Dust is a spellbinding portrayal of a life that few Americans can imagine. From his schooling in a madrassa in Pakistan to his teenage years as a Muslim American in the Bible Belt, and back to Pakistan to find a pious Muslim wife, this lyrical, penetrating saga from a brilliant new literary voice captures the heart of our universal quest for identity. 

Children of Dust
begins in rural Islam at the lowest levels of Pakistani society in the turbulent eighties. This intimate portrayal of rustic village life is revealed through a young boy's eyes as he discovers magic, women, and friendship.

After immigrating with his family to the United States, Eteraz struggles to be a normal American teenager under the rules of a strict Muslim household.

In 1999, he returns to Pakistan to find the villages of his youth dominated by the ideology of the Taliban, filled with young men spouting militant rhetoric, and his extended family under threat. Eteraz becomes the target of a mysterious abduction plot when he is purported to be a CIA agent, and eventually has to escape under military escort.

Back in the United States, with his fundamentalist illusions now shattered, Eteraz tries to find a middle way within American Islam. At each stage of Eteraz's life, he takes on a different identity to signal his evolution. From being pledged to Islam in Mecca as an infant, through Salafi fundamentalism, to liberal reformer, Eteraz desperately struggles to come to terms with being a Pakistani and a Muslim.

Astonishingly honest, darkly comic, and beautifully told, Children of Dust is an extraordinary adventure that reveals the diversity of Islamic beliefs, the vastness of the Pakistani diaspora, and the very human search for home. 

Author Bio:


(for author website click on author pic)

Ali Eteraz, author of Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan, was born in Pakistan and has lived in the Middle East, the Caribbean, and the United States. A graduate of Emory University and Temple Law School, he was selected for the Outstanding Scholar's Program at the United States Department of Justice and later worked in corporate litigation in Manhattan. He is a regular contributor to True/Slant; has published articles about Islam and Pakistani politics in Dissent, Foreign Policy, AlterNet, and altMuslim; and is a regular contributor to The Guardian UK and Dawn, Pakistan's oldest English-language daily. His blog in the Islamosphere received nearly two million views as well as a Brass Crescent award for originality. Eteraz has spoken publicly about the situation inside Pakistan, Islamic reform, and Muslim immigration. He currently divides his time between Princeton, New Jersey, and the Middle East, and is working on a novel.

This memoir was sent for review from Julie Harabedian at FSB Associates. Thank you Julie.

For Amazon purchasing information link are listed respectively US/UK/Canada:

Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan/ Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan/ Children Of Dust: A Memoir Of Pakistan

Review coming soon!


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This does sound like a great memoir! enjoy

Unknown said...

Diane -
We shall see, thought it looked like it had potential. I always like different cultural perspectives.... I haven't seen any reviews of it yet but I have not been in my googlereader for days....
Thanks for commenting.

Lezlie said...

Ooooo! This looks good!


Unknown said...

Lezlie -
I thought so too. :)

DCMetroreader said...

I have this one in my TBR pile too, Will look forward to your insightful review.

Unknown said...

DC/Kim -
It looks promising... and thank you. :) It will be good to compare notes.

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