About the Book

In Funny in Farsi, author Firoozeh Dumas uses humor and vignettes to share her story of finding her indentity as an Iranian-American and transitioning between cultures following her family's immigration to the United States.

"In 1972, when she was seven, the author and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond Firoozeh's father's glowing memories of his graduate school years here. In a series of deftly drawn scenes, Funny in Farsi chronicles the American journey of Dumas's wonderfully engaging family: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer …; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English (or cared to); her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an array 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."


"The book relates her father's boundless enthusiasm and optimism, her mother's more guarded appreciation of their new country, the reactions of her brother and a series of visiting relatives, until it is clear that the book is as much about them as her -- and most of all about their adventure together in making a life in their new country." —Steve Holgate, Washington File, 2003

"A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love -- of family, country, and heritage." —Jimmy Carter

“Often hilarious, always interesting … Like the movie 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' this book describes with humor the intersection and overlapping of two cultures.” —The Providence Journal

"A hilarious collection of essays … [that] easily translates to the experiences of immigrants from any part of the world … . The book brings us closer to discovering what it means to be an American." —San Jose Mercury News

"Charming … funny … This is a gentle life story by an author who clearly loves her fellow man, and who is dedicated to pointing out the deliciously absurd aspects of both American and Iranina culture; as such, it is a joyful success." —Newsday

last updated: 11/20/2008