Ali Eteraz’s “Children of Dust”

Children of Dust

Ali Eteraz’s first book, Children of Dust, published by Harper One, an imprint of Harper Collins, will be released on October 13, 2009.


Children of Dust is an elegant memoir revealing Islamic fundamentalism and madrassa life in rural Pakistan, the culture shock of moving to the U.S., and a journey of reconciliation to the modern Middle East. Author Ali Eteraz is a compelling young male literary voice, and in telling his coming-of-age story he captures not merely pain, but also the love, laughter, and pathos of Muslim life.

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon. More information is available at The Fun in Fundamentalism dot com.

Early Praise:

“Elegantly written…thoughtful and wry.”

American Library Association’s magazine Booklist

“An astoundingly frightening, funny, and brave book.”

Fatima Bhutto, Pakistani poet and intellectual

“In this supremely assured, lush, and rip-roaring book, Eteraz manages to do the impossible, gliding confidently over the chasm that divides East and West. Wildly entertaining, Children of Dust is memoir of the first order, as genuinely American as Muslim, unraveling the perilous mystery that is modern Pakistan as only memoir can. Unlike others, Eteraz has truly ‘been there,’ and we are all the better for it. One of the most revealing chronicles of Islamic fundamentalism since Mottahedeh’s classic Mantle of the Prophet.”

Murad Kalam, novelist, author of Night Journey

“In Children of Dust, Ali Eteraz takes a clear-eyed view of his own coming of age, and chronicles for us the transformations of the 21st century everyman in prose that is alternately inquiring, humorous, humble and wise, we follow the journey of a soul determined to reconcile the many worlds that live inside him. In a time rife with cultural misinterpretations and generalizations, sensitive accounts such as Children of Dust are invaluable assets.”

Laleh Khadivi, novelist, Emory Fiction Fellow, author of The Age of Orphans

Children of Dust is a gift and a necessity, and should be read by believers and nonbelievers alike. Sure to deepen our collective conversation about religion and reason, loyalty and universality, and our geopolitical aims, it’s also just plain fun to read.”

Yael Goldstein Love, author of Overture: A Novel and The Passion of Tasha Darsky

“The gripping story of a young man exposed to both the beauty and ugliness of religion.”

Laila Lalami, novelist, professor of creative writing at University of California-Riverside, author of Secret Son

One thought on “Ali Eteraz’s “Children of Dust”

  1. I feel sorry for all those who fall in love in any thing that states “made in USA. Ali Eteraz is a pathetoic liar and ignorant. I know at this website it seems he has a party but truth is coming out at
    Honest journalist must do some research before making any comment. Does any one knows Ali Eteraz’s credibility. Now all of you should go and check at Please contact me any time. You can look at the twitter as well.

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