The protagonist and narrator of Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh is born in Iran, but spends most of her childhood living in California. She’s a bright, funny child, and much of her book consists of… (read full character analysis)
Kazem is Firoozeh’s beloved father. An intelligent, hardworking man, Kazem grows up in Iran but studies in the United States on a Fulbright scholarship, and later begins working for an Iranian oil company. In… (read full character analysis)
Nazireh is Firoozeh’s mother, and although Firoozeh clearly loves her deeply, she’s not as important a character in the book as Kazem, Firoozeh’s father. Nazireh was raised in a fairly traditional Iranian family… (read full character analysis)
The older brother of Firoozeh.
The eldest brother of Firoozeh.
Firoozeh’s second grade teacher.
On of Kazem’s siblings, who comes to live with Kazem’s family in California for a brief period, and gains a lot of weight from eating too many American foods.
One of Firoozeh’s classmates.
A girl who attends summer camp with Firoozeh.
A boy who attends summer camp with Firoozeh, and Mary’s sister.
One of Firoozeh’s cousins.
Firoozeh’s aunt, a doctor, who is one of the few Iranian women of her generation with a successful career (according to the book).
The leader of Iran from 1941 to 1979, often considered a pivotal figure in Iranian history (since he modernized the country), but also considered a corrupt or tyrannical leader.
Kazem’s sister, a bright woman who, due to the dictums of Iranian culture, doesn’t go on to become a doctor or a lawyer like her brothers.
Kazem’s brother, who forges a successful career in Iran as a doctor, flees to America after the Iranian Revolution, and is forced to re-enroll in medical school there.
Famous American comedian and TV special host.
President Jimmy Carter
The 39th president of the United States.
A French concierge who keeps Firoozeh company during her two-month stay in Paris.
A Catholic priest who officiates Firoozeh’s marriage to François Dumas.
Firoozeh’s uncle, who hosts her wedding ceremony.
Uncle Ali’s American wife.
An elderly woman who lives in Firoozeh and François’s apartment building.
A contestant and “fan favorite” in the Miss Bahamas beauty pageant.
World-famous physicist who became an American citizen and worked at Princeton University.
Firoozeh’s uncle, who’s married to Aunt Sedigeh.
One of Uncle Abdullah and Aunt Sedigeh’s children.
One of the guests at Firoozeh and François’s wedding.