Funny in Farsi
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Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America is a 2003 memoir by Iranian American author Firoozeh Dumas. The book describes Dumas's move with her family in 1972, at age seven, from Iran to Whittier, California, and her life in the United States for the next several decades (with a brief return to Iran). The book describes adjusting to the different culture and dealing with her extended family, most of whom also moved to the U.S. in the 1970s. It was Dumas's first book.
The book also became a bestseller in Iran in 2005, selling over 100,000 copies. In 2012, the book's Iranian translator, Mohammed Soleimani Nia, was arrested by Iranian authorities, although this may have been unrelated to the book.
In 2008, Dumas followed up Funny in Farsi with a second memoir, Laughing Without an Accent.
Awards and honors
In 2009, a pilot episode was filmed for ABC for a sitcom based around the book, also called Funny in Farsi, and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. The pilot was not picked up for a series, and was never aired.
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