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The Stationery Shop 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 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 Look at love How it tangles With the one fallen in love Look at spirit How if fuses with earth Giving it new life Five lyrical, heart wrenching ripping breaking into pieces, soul shaking, perception changing, revolutionary, magical, eternal love stars The list of the things you need urgently after you finish this book are Rolls of toilet papers, napkins, paper towels, anything helping you out to clean the nasty evidence of your ugly cries Fresh air So you can howl at the moon like a wolf for getting rid of bottled up emotions, anger, frustration Punch bags and gloves Some of the characters on this book will piss you off so much as you remember their name She Who Must Not Be Named , use the punch bags instead of your lovely house walls or glasses A good comedy movie or TV series to binge watch Because you re gotta remember, there are still funny things in life Eat pasta, chocolate to rise up your blue mood Stay away from Zanax or any other prescribed pills, hard liquors which could deepen your depression Try smoothies, ice cream or softer drinks Good make up products to hide your puffy red eyes This story was started in Tehran, a stationary shop, it s a place where its owner Mr Fakhri, helps the young people for their political awakening and fight for reformist changing of their country but it is also the safe place of book lovers who want to devour the words and broaden their intellectual minds Young Roya, book worm, 17, comes to the stationary shop to find herself, her own words and meets Bahman Aslan Aslan means lion, Bahram is mostly brave, passionate character just like his last name As soon as they met, they understood that their life would never be the same They fell in love when they were 17 They got engaged and against Bahman s mother s rejection who were suffering from psychological problems, they planned to get marry at the summer as the political turbulence commotion, danger of upcoming coup rising like Damocles sword over their heads But one day, Bahman and his family disappear and Roya can only communicate with him by the letters hidden inside the books with the help of Mr Fakhri Finally young lovers decide to get marry and meet at the square to go to the mayor s office with their documents Roya waits for Bahman, witnesses Mr Fakhri s dying because of a political commotion at the square And then she gets a letter from Bahman that says he wants to break up with her Devastated Roya, decides to go to the US for college education and fresh start for her broken heart with her sister So this is 60 year old story of two lovers who have broken up , tried to gather their pieces of their broken hearts, gone to their separate ways to move on their lives and finally they got back together after 60 years to have their closure But you know that lovers don t finally meet somewhere They re in each other all along As like Bahman ans Roya I cried so much I hurt so much I cursed so much This is a poignant, emotional, life changing and heavy story to absorb, digest properly about passion, ideals, dreams, sisterhood, traumas, betrayal, abortion, loss, devotion, trust, friendship, psychological issues I still feel lumps on my throat Especially final pages are so hard to continue But it s totally worth it Because this is an incredible journey about faith, love, beautiful Rumi poems I enjoyed every second of it.I m so lucky that I received this amazing complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange of my honest review I think it s safe to say I loved this book so much and again thanks to NetGalley to help me meet this gifted writer 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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