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The Stationery Shop of Tehran

Narrated by: Mozhan Marnò
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins

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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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"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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  • 09-11-19


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!!