Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
Firoozeh’s family came to the US from Iran for her father’s job when she was in grade school. Shortly thereafter, they ended up moving permanently because of the revolution. Being Iranian in America has had many challenges, both before and after the hostage crisis. In addition, Firoozeh’s family offered some unique challenges of its own.
“Funny in Farsi” was a fun, diverting read. However, it wasn’t quite what I expected. I thought it would be more of a cohesive memoir, but it was more similar to a series of essays. I felt that we got more snapshots than the story of her life.
I thought that “Funny in Farsi” was enjoyable, but not earth-shattering, as I dind’t really feel that I got that much sense of Firoozeh, which is what I expect in a memoir. It was a great look at her family, though, and I did like her writing style. If you’re in the mood for a fun look at growing up an immigrant, this is definitely worth a shot.