BBC Business Headlines

S&P index set for record winning streak
The index tracking the 500 biggest public companies in the US has risen almost 325% since 2009.


Can Venezuela halt hyperinflation?
Experts doubt that lopping five zeroes off the currency will solve its economic woes anytime soon.


Ex-UBS trader avoids deportation - for now
Kweku Adoboli, who was convicted of a huge fraud in 2012, is trying to avoid being sent back to Ghana.


Microsoft claims win over 'Russian political hackers'
Cyber-attacks on US political groups are stopped after Microsoft grabs key net domains, the company says.


Nike removes balaclava accused of 'targeting gun culture'
The company says it was "in no way condoning the serious issues of criminal and gang culture".



Search Books:

Join our mailing list:


Business Blogs

Paul Krugman

Partisanship, Parasites, and Polarization
Are direct-marketing scams destroying the republic? A serious question. 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