Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, raised in Syria and Pakistan, a member of that country’s warring political dynasty, Bhutto is the author of five books, including a memoir of her family, Songs of Blood
and Sword; the acclaimed novel
The Shadow of the Crescent Moon; and a new novel, The Runaways, exploring why a young person might join the war against the West, which is published on 7 March. In her first piece for
Esquire, “Half the World Away”, on page 113, she writes about returning to Isfahan, the city in Iran that was the birthplace of her grandmother, Nusrat Bhutto.