By 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 encompasses a examining workforce consultant and a talk among Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, writer of The Kite Runner!
“Remarkable . . . instructed with wry humor shorn of sentimentality . . . after all, what sticks with the reader is an exuberant immigrant embody of America.”—San Francisco Chronicle
In 1972, whilst she used to be seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her kin moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving without firsthand wisdom of this kingdom past her father’s gleaming stories of his graduate institution years right here. extra relatives quickly undefined, and the extended family has been right here ever because.
humorous in Farsi chronicles the yankee trip of Dumas’s splendidly attractive relatives: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later misplaced his task through the Iranian revolution; her based mom, who by no means totally mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the consequences of yank speedy nutrition with an military of dazzling American weight loss devices; and Firoozeh herself, who as a lady 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 kin grapple with American English (hot canines and hush puppies?—a entire 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 desire on tv, even if they don’t get the jokes even if she interprets them into Farsi).
exceptionally, this can be an unforgettable tale of id, discovery, and the ability of relations love. it's a e-book that might 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 fascinating past the humor of this memoir is that it is still affectionate even within the weakest, such a lot tenuous moments for the tradition. It’s the brilliance of precise sophistication at work.”—Los Angeles occasions ebook Review
“Often hilarious, consistently attention-grabbing . . . just like the motion picture My great 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 choked with love—of relations, nation, and heritage.”—Jimmy Carter
“Delightfully refreshing.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“[Funny in Farsi] brings us in the direction of researching what it capability to be an American.”—San Jose Mercury News
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