The Stationery Shop

The Stationery Shop

eBook - 2019
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"A novel set in 1953 Tehran, against the backdrop of the Iranian Coup, about a young couple in love who are separated on the eve of their marriage, and who are reunited sixty years later, after having moved on to live independent lives in America, to discover the truth about what happened on that fateful day in the town square"--
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2019
ISBN: 9781982107505
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Apr 16, 2021

This is a romance set against the backdrop of political upheaval in nineteen fifties Iran. Bahman and Roya are teenagers hopelessly in love. Alas! the fates conspire against them. The novel follows Roya's life to America and we wonder if she will ever meet Bahman again. It's worth a read.

Sep 23, 2020

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Jul 06, 2020

This lovely novel has the reader moving between 1953 Tehran and 2013 Boston. Roya, a 17-year-old in love with books and poetry, meets Bahman, another teenager who's involved in the pro-democracy movement and has a passion for Rumi's poetry. Despite the odds and family objections, they become engaged. When some last-minute machinations by the adults in their lives cause havoc, Roya moves to California to attend college and never returns to Iran. Years later, Roya visits an old-fashioned stationery shop while her husband is at a doctor's appointment. She is shocked to learn that Bahman started the shop in Boston. He's now in an assisted living facility but Bahman's son puts her in touch with him by letter. Their final meeting ties up all the loose ends for the reader. Part historical fiction, part romance, part mystery, this novel also explores the impact of mental illness on an Iranian family in a different time and place from modern America.

Mar 08, 2020

From page one, I was engrossed in a beautiful love story that began in Iran in early 1950 and lasted for sixty years. Through the author's beautiful writing, I experienced the sights, poetry, culture, and foods of the land. A fabulous book.

Aug 20, 2019

A tale of thwarted love set against the backdrop of political turmoil in 1953 Iran. Roya and Bahman meet and fall in love in a stationery shop in Tehran.

I enjoyed this book. The political upheaval was a strong part of the setting, almost a character. For me that's what set this book apart. I love books that are grounded in historical events in a way that give me a better sense of the times while still having a compelling story. For another captivating tale set during the same time period in Iran, try Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik, one of my favorites from 2018.

debwalker Jun 18, 2019

Set against the upheaval of 1953 Tehran, events change the destiny of two teenagers who meet in a book and stationery shop and fall in love. Political dreams, family loyalty, lingering memories, love, and fate.

OPL_BethS Apr 18, 2019

The young budding love between Roya and Bahman in 1953 Tehran ends without explanation, and both go on to marry and move on with their lives, each eventually moving to the United States. The author does an amazing job of combining both an intimate portrayal of lost love set amidst the political upheavals in Iran.


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Jul 06, 2020

"Roya never did learn to eat like an American."


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