||Said Sayrafiezadeh recounts his unusual childhood as the Iranian-American son of two zealous Socialists. Though his parents separated from each other when Sayrafiezadeh was still an infant, they each remained wedded to the socialist cause for life, as they both dedicated themselves to fomenting the global workers' uprising that they believed was inevitable. While his parents abhorred the division of the classes, young Said simply hated class, as he was routinely ridiculed at school for his lack of basic "luxuries," such as sneakers and skateboards, and his Iranian heritage, particularly during the Iran hostage crisis. His poignant memoir bounces nimbly between humor and horror, as he struggles to rectify his parents' huge and hopeless beliefs with the small but significant traumas of a kid's existence.
||“The revolution is not only inevitable, it is imminent. It is not only imminent, it is quite imminent. And when the time comes, my father will lead it.”With a profound gift for capturing the absurd in life, and a deadpan wisdom that comes from surviving a surreal childhood in the Socialist Workers Party, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh has crafted an unsentimental, funny, heartbreaking memoir.Saïd’s Iranian-born father and American Jewish mother had one thing in common: their unshakable conviction that the workers’ revolution was coming. Separated since their son was nine months old, they each pursued a dream of the perfect socialist society. Pinballing with his mother between makeshift Pittsburgh apartments, falling asleep at party meetings, longing for the luxuries he’s taught to despise, Said waits for the revolution that never, ever arrives. “Soon,” his mother assures him, while his long-absent father quixotically runs as a socialist candidate for president in an Iran about to fall under the ayatollahs. Then comes the hostage crisis. The uproar that follows is the first time Saïd hears the word “Iran” in school. There he is suddenly forced to confront the combustible stew of his identity: as an American, an Iranian, a Jew, a socialist... and a middle-school kid who loves football and video games. Poised perfectly between tragedy and farce, here is a story by a brilliant young writer struggling to break away from the powerful mythologies of his upbringing and create a life—and a voice—of his own. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s memoir is unforgettable.From the Hardcover edition.