"e;NEW YORK TIMES "e;BESTSELLER Finalist for the PEN/USA Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the Audie Award in Biography/Memoir
This Random House Reader s Circle edition includes a reading group guide and a conversation between Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, author of "e;The Kite Runner"e;
Remarkable . . . told with wry humor shorn of sentimentality . . . In the end, what sticks with the reader is an exuberant immigrant embrace of America. "e;San Francisco Chronicle"e;
In 1972, when she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father s glowing memories of his graduate school years here. More family soon followed, and the clan has been here ever since.
"e; Funny in Farsi"e; chronicles the American journey of Dumas s wonderfully engaging family: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on "e;Bowling for Dollars"e; and in Las Vegas, and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an army of miraculous American weight-loss gadgets; and Firoozeh herself, who as a girl changed her name to Julie, and who encountered a second wave of culture shock when she met and married a Frenchman, becoming part of a one-couple melting pot.
In a series of deftly drawn scenes, we watch the family grapple with American English (hot dogs and hush puppies? a complete mystery), American traditions (Thanksgiving turkey? an even greater mystery, since it tastes like nothing), and American culture (Firoozeh s parents laugh uproariously at Bob Hope on television, although they don t get the jokes even when she translates them into Farsi).
Above all, this is an unforgettable story of identity, discovery, and the power of family love. It is a book that will leave us all laughing without an accent.
Praise for "e;Funny in Farsi"e;
Heartfelt and hilarious in any language. "e;Glamour"e;
A joyful success. "e;Newsday"e;
What s charming beyond the humor of this memoir is that it remains affectionate even in the weakest, most tenuous moments for the culture. It s the brilliance of true sophistication at work. "e;Los Angeles Times Book Review"e;
Often hilarious, always interesting . . . Like the movie "e;My Big Fat Greek Wedding,"e; this book describes with humor the intersection and overlapping of two cultures. "e;The Providence Journal"e;
A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love of family, country, and heritage. Jimmy Carter
Delightfully refreshing. Milwaukee "e;Journal Sentinel"e;
"e;Funny in Farsi"e;] brings us closer to discovering what it means to be an American. "e;San Jose Mercury News"e;"e;
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