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Payments: Special financing available. An error occurred, please try again. Good : A book that has been read but is in good condition. In , when she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father's glowing memories of his graduate school years here. More family soon followed, and the clan has been here ever since.

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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, and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English nor cared to ; her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an army 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.

In a series of deftly drawn scenes, we watch the family grapple with American English hot dogs and hush puppies?

KH: Since you are writing about real people, do you worry about the reaction of the people you have mentioned in your book? Not all the stories are flattering. We have since reunited with them, but we have never, ever discussed the book. Definitely not enough Mylanta in the world for that conversation. I have had a lot of complaints from relatives who are not in the book. They assumed it was because they are not important to me. And in true Middle Eastern fashion, they did not complain to me but to my parents. The truth is that if I wrote about all my relatives, it would be a fourteen-volume set.

FD: They love it. They keep thanking me for showing another side of the Iranian people to the world. Most Westerners think Middle Easterners just discuss politics and religion all day. KH: As a mother of two, when do you find the time to write? Where do you write? Do you have any writing rituals?

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FD: I write in spurts. This means the house gets very messy and dinner is something frozen. Up until a few months ago, we lived in an square-foot house, with one table that served all our needs. It was also my writing spot. I would just put my laptop there and type away until my kids got up. I once saw a book about writers and their special writing spots.


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There were photos of spectacular cottages on lakes and woodpaneled rooms filled with travel mementos. I just always tried to make sure that the table was clean before I put down my laptop. FD: Every time I finished a story, I swore it was my favorite. Many of the stories still make me laugh out loud even though I have read them a hundred times.

KH: How has your life changed since the publication of Funny in Farsi? I have spoken in churches, Jewish temples, Islamic centers, and schools. I have always believed that there are far more good people in this world than bad ones and that most people want to be reminded of our shared humanity rather than our differences.

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Since the publication of Funny in Farsi , my theory has been thoroughly proven. I get e-mails from teachers all the time telling me that even their students who normally do not read loved reading Funny in Farsi. That makes my day every time. Adult readers tend to invite me to their home. KH: What are you working on now?

Truth is, I am itching to write my next book but I am currently traveling full time. I have a bunch of stories in my head, so I am just waiting for a lull in my schedule so I can put them down on paper. KH: You remembered so many details from your childhood.