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Publisher's Summary

1953, Tehran.

Roya loves nothing better than to while away the hours in the local stationery shop run by Mr. Fakhri. The store, stocked with fountain pens, shiny ink bottles, and thick pads of writing paper, also carries translations of literature from all over the world. And when Mr. Fakhri introduces her to his other favorite customer - handsome Bahman, with his burning passion for justice and a shared love for Rumi's poetry - Roya loses her heart at once. But around them, life in Tehran is changing.

On the eve of their marriage, Roya heads to the town square to meet with Bahman. Suddenly, shockingly, violence erupts: a coup d'etat that forever changes their country's future. Bahman never arrives.

Roya must piece her life back together. Her parents, wanting her to be safe, enroll her in college in California, where she meets and marries another man. But, nearly 60 years later, an accident of fate finally brings her the answer she has always wanted to know - Why did you leave? Where did you go? How is it that you were able to forget me?

Marjan Kamali's beautiful novel, set in a country poised for democracy but destroyed by political upheaval, explores issues that have never been more timely, of immigration and cultural assimilation, of the quirks of fate. And its ending will break listeners' hearts. 

©2019 Marjan Kamali (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic Reviews

"A moving tale of lost love." (The Wall Street Journal)

"Marjan Kamali weaves a powerful, heartbreaking story of star-crossed lovers and Iran's political upheavals...The Stationery Shop of Tehran is at once a layered historical saga of a country struggling toward democracy and an intimate meditation on "a love from which we never recover." (Shelf Awareness)

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Bait was set in the first 30 min...

In the first half hour of the book the bait is hooked, then the rest of the 6 hours you can see the carrot stick dangling in front of you, which makes it very frustrating indeed.

This book is about WEAK MEN, and unfulfilled LOVE in a historical-political background in Iran. It was an intense book and at parts it had me yelling out loud to the main character. It was a frustrating book and not all the characters stories were closed off at the end, what happened to Bahman's mother? How did he and his family end up in the same place as Roya in America? Did he follow her...the author doesn't say.

I enjoyed learning about the Iranian traditions, sayings and food very much.
Performance: Mozhan Marno was very good. I will check out other books she has narrated.

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A lovely well written and narrated love story

The characters and descriptions are lovely. However, for me, the books lacks excitement and is long winded

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Magnificent

An aching love story spanning decades. A story to savour and listen to again and again.

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Slow and misreable

I can not understand why the main character held on to her pain for 50 years. Honestly, to live that long just being stuck is too silly for me. Sure, a nice story that goes nowhere, but just not worth the 9 hours I'll never get back .

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Fabulous

I really enjoyed this story.
The storyline is I suppose similar to others at a different time and place but I found it compelling and believable.
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loved it

I can highly recommend this beautiful book. in particular when you love middle eastern history. she is a brilliant author and I love her style. It is a beautiful love story.

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Great Book

I really liked this book, it was entertaining and a lovely story
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Engaging and interesting - a bittersweet tale

This is a great book. It starts with a teenage love story in Iran and ends decades later in USS. Spanning decades this story covers love, life, politics, culture food and history. It’s a very engaging book.

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Beautiful from start to finish

A well narrated and beautifully written story. I didn’t want it to end. Will recommend to others for sure.

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Fantastic!

What an incredible book. The story was very well told, the characters were written beautifully, narrator had a perfect voice for this story. Very much enjoyed it and can highly recommend.

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  • 11-11-2020

Absolutely beautiful

This is such a beautiful story and is written beautifully. I was pulled into Tehran in 1953 and the love story that unfurled across time. It was fascinating to hear about a very different culture to mine and how the political unrest affected the lives of the everyday people. This is also a story of deep and enduring love.

The narrator was perfect for this book. She had a lovely voice that was perfectly suited for bringing the story to life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-2019

Beautiful!

Beautifully written novel, one of my favourites in a while. Mozhan Marnò’s voice lends so well to the story and it’s characters. Definitely worth the listen!!

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