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The Stationery Shop of Tehran

Narrated by: Mozhan Marnò
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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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

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I want her food!

it was a beautiful love & whole life storie made ne remember my Irainian friends from the 70's growing up

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  • 04-12-19

Lovely

The story is a beautiful one, and the narrator’s delivery is quite addictive. Do listen.

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Worth reading

Enjoyed this novel and would recommend it, but it is not as groundbreaking as some of the reviews suggest and a couple of parts of the plot were somewhat contrived.

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Blew me, away

What an amazing love story interspersed with national and family politics.
Not just love but the grief of loss and when you're so sad for them up pops a Persian recipe.

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Loved it.

A wonderful story, so beautifully written and narrated. For me the best book this year.

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So beautiful

a lovely story of a place I am so familiar with, of people I have known and love. now I just want to get on a plane and go back to Tehran. now to read her other book.

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  • 06-02-20

wonderfully genuine

beautiful story, set against historic events. you're with the main characters every step of their journey. what a wonderful find

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Stunning book, beautifully read

I loved this book. It will stay with me for a very long time. It has such heart.

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Good story with interesting twists

I enjoyed this book, it's easy to listen to and is fairly satisfying. It jumps back and forth between 3 periods in time which gives more space for characters without slowing the pace.
There is a chapter I had to skip due to it's subject matter and my young baby making me sensitive, but you get the idea without the details.

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  • 09-01-20

Loved it

So nice to start off the New Year with a 5-star read. Looking forward to more from this author