After a friend recommended the novel to me, I decided to read Funny in Farsi for two main reasons: my Indian heritage and responses to terrorist attacks in recent months. I moved from India to America when I was 7 years old. Although I don’t remember much from that period of my life, I recall it being a difficult transition. Thus, I felt that I could connect with the experiences of the main characters. Additionally, an anti muslim and anti immigrant sentiment has traversed the nation after terrorist attacks by extremist organizations. By reading this novel,which is largely set in the late 20th century, I felt that I could see a historical perspective on the issue.
Funny in Farsi, a funny and thought provoking novel about an Iranian family that moves to America, explores the meaning and importance of identity. In the novel, we are introduced to Firoozeh, her quixotic father, and elegant mother. As Firoozeh shares the family's experiences relating to school, inter racial marriages, the Iranian hostage crisis, you learn about and enjoy the complexity of the family and the larger issues at hand. Of course, It doesn’t hurt that the author powders the novel with humor.
I would recommend Funny in Farsi to practically all high school students living in America. With campaigning for the 2016 Presidential election in full swing, we can expect to hear lots of emotionally charged statements about the role of immigrants( specifically muslim immigrants) in America. Before we make judgments about this issue, it’s important for us to understand both sides of the debate. Reading this book can provide students with a piece of the puzzle.