In a New Novel, a Secular Muslim American Rejects the Burden of Labels

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Into this maelstrom comes Ali Eteraz’s debut novel, “Native Believer.” Eteraz is the author of a memoir, “Children of Dust” (2009), that chronicled his journey from boyhood in a small town in central Pakistan to sex-obsessed adolescence in the American South to pious Islamic young adulthood to the broadly humanist activism that has marked his past 10 years. “Children of Dust” is, essentially, a description of the birth of “Ali Eteraz” — a pen name that translates to “Noble Protest,” which the author adopted several years after Sept. 11.
 
NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/books/review/in-a-new-novel-a-secular-muslim-american-rejects-the-burden-of-labels.html
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