Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas

By Firoozeh Dumas

This new Readers Circle version encompasses a studying staff consultant and a talk among Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, writer of The Kite Runner.”

In 1972, while she was once seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her kinfolk moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving without firsthand wisdom of this state past her father’s sparkling thoughts of his graduate institution years right here. extra relatives quickly undefined, and the extended family has been right here ever in view that.

Funny in Farsi chronicles the yank trip of Dumas’s splendidly attractive family members: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for money and in Las Vegas, and later misplaced his task in the course of the Iranian revolution; her stylish mom, who by no means totally mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the consequences of yank quick meals with a military of incredible American weight loss contraptions; and Firoozeh herself, who as a lady replaced her identify to Julie, and who encountered a moment wave of tradition surprise while 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 kinfolk grapple with American English (hot canine and hush puppies?—a entire mystery), American traditions (Thanksgiving turkey?—an even larger secret, because it tastes like nothing), and American tradition (Firoozeh’s mom and dad chuckle uproariously at Bob wish on tv, even if they don’t get the jokes even if she interprets them into Farsi).

Above all, this is often an unforgettable tale of identification, discovery, and the facility of family members love. it's a publication that might depart us all laughing—without an accessory.

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I had always assumed that she would be relieved to return to her family and to a land where she spoke the language and didn’t need me to act as her interpreter. But I realized later that even though my mother could not understand anything the crossing guard, Mrs. Popkin, said, she understood that this woman looked out for me. qxd 11/7/03 3:39 PM Page 36 36 FIROOZEH DUMAS understood her smiles. Even though my mother never attended a Brownie meeting, she knew that the leader, Carrie’s mom, opened up her home to us every week and led us through all kinds of projects.

Giggles and laughter filled the bus. After a few hours on the road, the boy behind me tapped me on the shoulder. ” he said. ” I answered. ” I asked. ” Upon hearing this, all the kids around me burst out laughing. Hours later, we arrived at camp. Pine Lodge was a converted two-story house. All the boys stayed downstairs and all the girls stayed on the second floor. In the girls’ room stood rows of bunk beds. There was one bathroom on the floor for all the girls to share. Oddly, the door to the bathroom had been removed, so any girl who needed to use the toilet or the sink could walk in on someone taking a shower.

We always drove for one hour before stopping for breakfast at Denny’s. My father’s devotion to Denny’s restaurants approached religious fervor. To him, Denny’s was a clean oasis where the waitresses were always friendly. We didn’t really like the food, but that seemed a small price to pay for a clean bathroom in the middle of the desert. After breakfast, we’d get back in the car, turn on the air conditioner, and keep driving. We didn’t stop until the next Denny’s, where we’d have a snack and my father would say how amazing it was that all Denny’s could be so clean, no matter where they were.

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