Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
New York: Random House
2006, 208 pages
Relates the story of Firoozeh Dumas from the time she came to Southern California as an Iranian girl of seven years old through her college years and marriage to a Frenchman. Each member of her family has particular issues with the cultural change of immigration: her engineer father who lost his first job in the U.S. after the hostages were taken at the Tehran embassy; her mother who never masters English sufficiently to speak so Americans can understand her; and her uncle who grows fat on fast food and seeks out various diet remedies to lose weight. Firoozeh has to endure the taunts of other children while trying to fit into her new culture. Her father takes trips back to Iran where his pension that is meager by American standards allows him to act as a wealthy man and stay in hotels, handing out large tips. When Firoozeh decides to marry her husband, François, she has to deal with the cultural dictates of both her and his families as well as the religious issues. At the end of the book several special features have been added: an afterword tells about the reception of the book by the reading public as well as the author's family; the author is interviewed by Khaled Hosseini, the author of The Kite Runner; and a reader's guide providing discussion questions.
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