"Funny in Farsi"
By Firoozeh Dumas
A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
"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 who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas; 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. An unforgettable story of identity, discovery, and the power of family love, Funny in Farsi will leave us all laughing -- without an accent."
Salisbury University was graced with the author's presence at the 2005 Fall Convocation.
One of your first duties as an SU student is to read the book Funny in Farsi and come prepared to discuss it on August 26. As the title indicates, the book is an often hilarious, yet poignant, memoir of an Iranian immigrant family. As you read the book, keep the following questions in mind: