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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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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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Beautiful story & writing - not great narrator.

I loved this novel & was sad when it came to an end. Beautifully written with well-drawn characters that were very real. I feel I will remember them for years to come & the haunting love stories. The descriptions of Iranian culture, politics and delicious food made me so sad that the country has been under the power of Ayatollahs for so many years. My only complaint about this book was the voice of the narrator. She has a harsh American voice that I found difficult to accept. The book deserves a better narrator, someone of the calibre of Art Malik who narrated The Bee Keeper of Aleppo.

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one of the best books I have ever listened to

Beyond great. Am buying the book for everyone I know. History, love, learning about Iran. Amaze!!!

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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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Wonderful book!

I absolutely loved this book. The description of middle eastern life and the characters swept me away to Iran. Beautifully written. I sobbed through the last few chapters. Rarely have I been so moved by a book. Fabulous choice of reader too.

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Absolutely a tale of true love

I loved this book and the way it was told. It gave me an insight into a culture I know little about and I could almost smell and taste the food from the way it was described. It told of young love, dreams and ambitions but journeyed through different lives in different cultures. It’s sad at times but shows that love prevails and happiness is at the end. I would recommend this book if you want to be absorbed in a knowledge of a culture, politics and romance. Just a Wonderful read!

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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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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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Loved it

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