Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

Firoozeh Dumas

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Finalist for the PEN/USA Award in artistic Nonfiction, the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the Audie Award in Biography/Memoir

This Random condominium Reader’s Circle variation features a examining workforce advisor and a talk among Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, writer of The Kite Runner!

“Remarkable . . . informed with wry humor shorn of sentimentality . . . finally, what sticks with the reader is an exuberant immigrant embody of America.”—San Francisco Chronicle

In 1972, while she used to be seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her relations moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with out firsthand wisdom of this state past her father’s sparkling thoughts of his graduate institution years right here. extra kinfolk quickly undefined, and the extended family has been right here ever seeing that.

humorous in Farsi chronicles the yankee trip of Dumas’s splendidly enticing relations: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later misplaced his task in the course of the Iranian revolution; her based mom, who by no means absolutely mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the results of yankee quickly nutrition with an military of unbelievable American weight loss contraptions; and Firoozeh herself, who as a woman replaced her identify to Julie, and who encountered a moment wave of tradition surprise while she met and married a Frenchman, changing into a part of a one-couple melting pot.

In a chain of deftly drawn scenes, we watch the family members grapple with American English (hot canines and hush puppies?—a whole mystery), American traditions (Thanksgiving turkey?—an even better secret, because it tastes like nothing), and American tradition (Firoozeh’s mom and dad chuckle uproariously at Bob desire on tv, even supposing they don’t get the jokes even if she interprets them into Farsi).

notably, this is often an unforgettable tale of id, discovery, and the ability of relations love. it's a publication that might go away us all laughing—without an accent.

Praise for Funny in Farsi
“Heartfelt and hilarious—in any language.”Glamour
“A cheerful success.”Newsday
“What’s captivating past the humor of this memoir is that it is still affectionate even within the weakest, so much tenuous moments for the tradition. It’s the brilliance of real sophistication at work.”Los Angeles instances ebook Review
“Often hilarious, continuously attention-grabbing . . . just like the motion picture My giant fats Greek Wedding, this e-book describes with humor the intersection and overlapping of 2 cultures.”The windfall Journal
“A funny and introspective chronicle of a lifestyles packed with love—of relatives, kingdom, and heritage.”—Jimmy Carter
“Delightfully refreshing.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“[Funny in Farsi] brings us toward gaining knowledge of what it potential to be an American.”San Jose Mercury News

Show sample text content

Download sample