[Epub] The Stationery Shop By Marjan Kamali – Avshao.info

The Stationery Shop A nice enough tale about a lost romance but I was not able to see why so many people have raved about it Maybe because I am not romantic enough to seriously believe two people could carry a torch for each other for fifty years A few nostalgic thoughts maybe but not enduring love And I felt sorry for Walter having to put on a brave face while his much loved wife indulged in a teenager fantasy.Not knocking the whole book though There were lovely parts about food and really interesting bits about history There was just too much about romance for my taste That s just me though obviously, since the ratings are through the roof Oh my goodness This book Roya lives in Tehran in the 1950s She s a teen brimming with idealism, at a time when it could be dangerous with the political upset in Iran Roya finds peace in Mr Fakhri s book and stationery shop Can you even believe This made this paper and book love over the moon with happiness The store is dusty, warm, and inviting, and Mr Fakhri is kind There are fountain pens, bottles of ink, and special papers Mr Fakhri introduces Roya to his other favorite customer, Bahman, with hopes love will develop Bahman is also an idealist with a yearning for change They are an instant match and continue to visit the shop together A couple months later, Roya and Bahman are to be married, and just before they are supposed to meet, the coup d etat occurs that changes Iran forever And Bahman never shows up Years pass sixty years, in fact, until Roya and Bahman are reunited Roya understandably has many questions for him about where he s been Friends, this book is as lovely as that stunning cover I savored every word This reminded me a little of another gorgeous book I read about Iran last year, Song of a Captive Bird, which took place during the same time period I adored both books I enjoyed learning about the culture of Iran, and especially that tumultuous time in the 50s The love between Roya and Bahman was effervescent, and I loved that they were reunited for some closure Overall, The Stationery Shop is not to be missed for fans of stories about families, cultural diverse reads, historical fiction, and book and paper lovers like me who love all these other things, too, will be absolutely giddy to read this powerful, emotional love story set on a strong historical backdrop I m adding Together Tea, the debut by Marian Kamali, to my cart right this very instant I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com A Poignant, Heartfelt New Novel By The Award Nominated Author Of Together Tea Extolled By The Wall Street Journal As A Moving Tale Of Lost Love And By Shelf Awareness As A Powerful, Heartbreaking Story Explores Loss, Reconciliation, And The Quirks Of FateRoya, A Dreamy, Idealistic Teenager Living Amid The Political Upheaval Of Tehran, Finds A Literary Oasis In Kindly Mr Fakhri S Neighborhood Stationery Shop, Stocked With Books And Pens And Bottles Of Jewel Colored Ink Then Mr Fakhri, With A Keen Instinct For A Budding Romance, Introduces Roya To His Other Favorite Customer Handsome Bahman, Who Has A Burning Passion For Justice And A Love For Rumi S Poetry And She Loses Her Heart At Once Their Romance Blossoms, And The Little Stationery Shop Remains Their Favorite Place In All Of Tehran A Few Short Months Later, On The Eve Of Their Marriage, Roya Agrees To Meet Bahman At The Town Square When Violence Erupts A Result Of The Coup D Etat That Forever Changes Their Country S Future In The Chaos, Bahman Never Shows For Weeks, Roya Tries Desperately To Contact Him, But Her Efforts Are Fruitless With A Sorrowful Heart, She Moves On To College In California, To Another Man, To A Life In New England Until, Than Sixty Years Later, An Accident Of Fate Leads Her Back To Bahman And Offers Her A Chance To Ask Him The Questions That Have Haunted Her For Than Half A Century Why Did You Leave Where Did You Go How Is It That You Were Able To Forget Me 5 starsMy goodness Another beautiful and enthralling read in a year full of them for me I am going to be brief as the less said the better for potential readers of this wonderful novel.The Stationery Shop the perfect title for this story is set in two timelines 1953 and 2013 I would estimate, however, that 90% of the story takes place in 1953, including, believe it or not, the epilogue Our protagonist is Roya, a young woman who turns 17 years old in 1953 She meets her first love, Bahman, in a stationery shop run by a kind man eager to nurture young people who come in looking for knowledge Both Roya and Bahman love poetry The 1953 setting is Tehran, Iran, which is in political turmoil The author s research is obvious as we are presented with what Iranian life was like at that time, including the culture, the state of the unstable government, and the accompanying unrest We also get a flavor of Persian food And a most touching young romance.Things do not go as hoped and much grief and sadness ensues To say would risk saying too much What happens to these people involves social s of the time, mental illness, lies and deceit, familial wishes, deep regret, and again, political unrest This is NOT your usual young romance in no way, shape or form Ultimately, although I felt drained at the end, we get understanding, compassion, acceptance and an abundance of love in many different forms The Stationery Shop, a most moving and unforgettable tale with exceptional characterization, gets all the stars and is highly recommended. review to follow This is a good book but I would classify it as historical romance, there is little history in this book A high 4 stars The Stationary Shop was an unexpected treat This novel is partly set in Iran in the 1950s and partly set in contemporary US The story focuses on Roya, who is a teenager in the 1950s and in love with Bahman Through politics and family, things don t work out for them, but they meet again in their 70s in the US Roya and her journey are told lovingly A number of characters do terrible things, but no one is terrible life is complicated and people make bad choices It s a story about class, politics, Iran, food and family bonds There s one coincidence that was necessary but a bit irksome But otherwise I loved this story of love, regret and strength and of character Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy. 4 stars In Tehran 1953, Roya and Bahman both 17 yrs old, first meet at a stationary shop that they both frequent They are rapidly and intensely taken with each other, a romance blooms and quite soon they are engaged.Fate has other things planned for these two souls and theirs is a powerful love story with feelings that last a lifetime, despite occurrences and people that separated them.This book made me cry. This was absolutely magnificent I m still trying to catch my breath and dab away a few last tears after gently closing the cover Ahhh my.This was a historical fiction novel that took place during the 1953 political uprising in Tehran, Iran Roya and Bahman meet in Mr Fakhri s stationery shop, a favorite place for them both After falling in love against all odds, they plan to meet in secret and marry, but when that day comes, Roya finds that Bahman doesn t show There is commotion in the square, and great tragedy strikes Years later Roya and Bahman meet again, and secrets are unearthed about what happened on that fateful day.This story romanced me with how beautifully it was written I learned so much about the politics, customs, clothing, food It was a delight for the senses, and I felt as if I was almost reading one of Jhumpa Lahiri s novels, the way the author used sensory imagery Oh my gaaaawd, if you have been thinking of picking up this little masterpiece, I assure you, you will adore this novel Adore it LONG.BUT NO MAJOR SPOILERS.There is much to like about The Stationary Shop , where we are taken back to the year, 1953 when Mossadegh was the Prime Minister in Iran, during political devastating havoc Many people in Iran loved Mossadegh They believed he was their democratic leader who had the courage to stand up to foreign powers wanting their oil Mossadegh was hope for the many people in Iran who believed in him They felt he was the right man to achieve democracy The anti Mossadegh folks were angry they thought Mossadegh was a communist and many not only wanted to replace him plotting against him for General Zahedi as post coo Prime Minister replacement they wanted Mossadegh dead Demonstrations got ugly and frightening Protesters were shouting Marg Bar Tudeh.death to Mossadegh History had never been frightening dangerous and ugly The protesters managed to enter Mossadegh s house but he managed to escape through a window to a neighbors The coup d Etat conspirators looted the prime misters house burned some of the contents completely destroying his house The coop had succeeded The world would be changed the world forever The political history written by Marjan Kamali, is clear, accurate, uncomplicated, straightforward, and easily accessible..making this a great book choice for anyone who is unfamiliar with the political history culture of Iran This novel would make a a great pick for American High School and college students The history was written simple to understand yet frustrating for many in Iran to understand why American government had a hand in the coup I spent several months in Tehran in 1974.I cherish my memories.with some crazy stories and great times Back to this story..During the summer of 1953, a couple fell in love Roya and Bahman were 17 years old Both bright educated students They were engaged to be married But for reasons much for the reader to ponder , they never married each other Bahman literally vanished from Roya s life on the very same day that they had planned to meet at Sephah Square at Cafe Ghandi..the same cafe where Roya first tasted coffee during the New Year holiday Nowruz Bahman ordered them both a steaming Italian espresso with cream Passing on Roya s normal drink tea to try coffee wasn t the only change for Roya during the most memorable summer of her life Everything was changing fast and faster since falling in love with Bahman Her thinking opened politically in ways they never had until she fell in love with an activist She planned to secretly marry Bahman at the office of Marriage and Divorcea few weeks before their real wedding But on August 19th, 1953.when demonstrations and violence in the streets were at an all time high.during the overthrow of Mossadegh.the day hundreds were killedRoya was alone waiting for her fianc August 19, 1953, they were going to marry meeting at their favorite cafe, but Bahman never showed up Roya and Bahman first met in a Stationary Book store Shop, run by Mr Fakhri Mr Fakhri used to refer to Bahman as the boy who would change the world Symbolically.the title of this book will be clear in many ways than one, once the reader is finished reading it all Four and a half years after the coopfour and a half years since Roya and Bahman were to marry.Bahman was working at a petroleum company.married to another women.with a baby on the way I found it shocking and sad to learn about Bahman s job The suspense of why how come and what happened that broke up Roya and Bahman, will keep you guessing to the end Time kept moving on.Roya and her sister Zari came to California both having received an international scholarship at Mills College in Oakland a small private college not far from UC Berkeley Our own daughter went Mills College.and UC Berkeley.I kept thinking about how political demonstrations changes people.I thought about the protesters against the Vietnam war when I was attending UC Berkeley Time keeps moving on..Bahman and Roya both senior Citizens looked back on their summer of love during political chaos August 19, 1953 is a day neither had forgotten Time still keeps moving on.Sixy years later.Bahman wondered what his generation learned He had worked hard to do all the right things to bring about political change Democracy but in one day, in one afternoon, foreign powers and corrupt Iranians destroyed all his dreams What had he learned What regret did he have Getting older.Roya married Walter Her sister Zari married Jack Both sisters married Americanshad children..jobs we get lots of juicy stories about living in America as an Iranian..From the SF Bay Area to New England.it seemed no matter how many years went by birthsevents happiness and tragedies when Roya was alone in her thoughts.Bahman was who she reflected on I felt incredibly sad for people who worked hard for good changes in the world, but then saw themselves as failures, or worse.dead.I felt even sadder.when I learned the why s and what happened It s amazing to think about how one WORD can be life changing Iran was a complex nation in 1953 still is History repeats itselfPolitically charged In 1979 Iran had its Islamic Revolution no longer ruled by the Shah but religious clerics This was also a wonderful story exposing the many complex relationships the challenges facing cultural traditions vs progressive changes love and loss Young adult coming of age falling in love and all the influential complexities including parents in laws siblings friends aging memories, ailments, regrets, sorrows, perspective Besides Iranian political history being brought to life, which historical fiction readers will appreciatefans of romance novels might enjoy this book as well Universal themes include family, and friends..with love being at the heart of everything that really matters If you enjoy Persian food there are many wonderful dishes being served Yum Besides being a very engaging enjoyable book..this story is timely given the political relations between the United States and Iran today Kudos to author Marjan Kamali Terrific heartfelt storytelling written with intimacy and compassion..This book a lovely tribute offers an understanding of life for Iranians and Iranian Americans.Thank you Marjan Kamali I plan to read by this lovely author.Thank You Netgalley and Gallery Threshold I love these middle eastern stories Fascinated by their traditions charmed by some repulsed by others This one is a reflection back on a love story that took place in 1953, Tehran With a country who fought for democracy for a couple who fought for it within their family A couple who are destined to be together until torn apart for reasons unbeknownst to Roya Fifty years later, she gets her answer.The beauty and description as well as the character depiction , were captivating.A beautiful cover to go with this beautiful story of love, loss and the reconciliation of destiny.5

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