Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran. With no prior writing experience, Firoozeh decided to write stories as a gift for her children in 2001, and Random House published these stories in 2003. Funny in Farsi was on the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists, and was a finalist for both a PEN/USA Award and an Audie Award for best audio book. She was also a finalist for the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor, the first Middle Eastern woman ever to receive this honor. In 2008, Firoozeh published a second set of stories, Laughing Without an Accent, which also was a New York Times bestseller. In 2016, she published her first fiction book, It Ain’t so Awful, Falafel. Firoozeh has also written for the New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications, and you may have heard her commentaries on National Public Radio.