BBC Business Headlines

US markets pick up amid global sell-off
The three major US indexes recover most of their losses by the end of trading.


Italy budget: European Commission demands changes
For the first time, the European Commission tells a member state to change its national budget.


Gilberto Benetton: Co-founder of fashion chain dies
Gilberto Benetton is credited with masterminding the firm's expansion into a multi-billion euro giant.


Elon Musk says Twitter blocked him after Bitcoin tweet
The entrepreneur says Twitter believed his account had been hacked.


Liam Fox says Trump 'very keen' on trade deal
Will the decades of military collaboration between the US and UK matter in trade talks?



Search Books:

Join our mailing list:


Business Blogs

Paul Krugman

Arms and the Very Bad Men
Trump’s rationale for going easy on Saudi Arabia is a shameful lie. read more...




Online Marketing for Busy Authors
Now available!



Buy the Book


Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan

by Ali Eteraz

Published by HarperOne

Read Excerpt

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.


pub date: 2009-10-13 | hardcover | 9780061567087