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 inventive Nonfiction, the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the Audie Award in Biography/Memoir

This Random apartment Reader’s Circle variation contains a analyzing staff consultant and a talk among Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, writer of The Kite Runner!

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

In 1972, whilst she was once seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her kin moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with out firsthand wisdom of this state past her father’s sparkling thoughts of his graduate university years right here. extra kinfolk quickly undefined, and the extended family has been the following ever for the reason that.

humorous in Farsi chronicles the yankee trip of Dumas’s splendidly enticing relatives: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later misplaced his activity throughout the Iranian revolution; her based mom, who by no means absolutely mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the consequences of yank quick meals with an military of astounding American weight reduction instruments; and Firoozeh herself, who as a woman replaced her identify to Julie, and who encountered a moment wave of tradition surprise whilst 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 canine and hush puppies?—a whole mystery), American traditions (Thanksgiving turkey?—an even higher secret, because it tastes like nothing), and American tradition (Firoozeh’s mom and dad giggle uproariously at Bob wish on tv, even if they don’t get the jokes even if she interprets them into Farsi).

specifically, this can be an unforgettable tale of identification, discovery, and the facility of relatives love. it's a e-book that would go away us all laughing—without an accent.

Praise for Funny in Farsi
 
“Heartfelt and hilarious—in any language.”Glamour
 
“A pleased success.”Newsday
 
“What’s captivating past the humor of this memoir is that it continues to be affectionate even within the weakest, such a lot tenuous moments for the tradition. It’s the brilliance of precise sophistication at work.”Los Angeles instances e-book Review
 
“Often hilarious, consistently attention-grabbing . . . just like the motion picture My monstrous 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 existence jam-packed with love—of relations, kingdom, and heritage.”—Jimmy Carter
 
“Delightfully refreshing.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
“[Funny in Farsi] brings us toward studying what it skill to be an American.”San Jose Mercury News

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