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The Stationery Shop
The Stationery Shop | Marjan Kamali
From the award-winning author of Together Teaa debut novel hailed as compassionate, funny, and wise by Jill Davis, bestselling author of Girls Poker Nightcomes a powerful love story exploring loss, reconciliation, and the quirks of fate. Roya is a dreamy, idealistic teenager living in 1953 Tehran who, amidst the political upheaval of the time, finds a literary oasis in kindly Mr. Fakhris neighborhood book and stationery shop. She always feels safe in his dusty store, overflowing with fountain pens, shiny ink bottles, and thick pads of soft writing paper. When Mr. Fakhri, with a keen instinct for a budding romance, introduces Roya to his other favorite customerhandsome Bahman, who has a burning passion for justice and a love for Rumis poetryshe loses her heart at once. And, as their romance blossoms, the modest 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, but suddenly, violence eruptsa result of the coup detat that forever changes their countrys 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 resigns herself to never seeing him again. Until, more 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 more than half a century: Why did he leave? Where did he go? How was he able to forget her? The Stationery Shop is a beautiful and timely exploration of devastating loss, unbreakable family bonds, and the overwhelming power of love.
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Ellen_C
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A story of interrupted love & political upheaval in Iran, similar in some ways to The Saffron Kitchen. In 1953 Tehran, Roya and Bahman are engaged. When they are to meet on the square to elope, the coup begins and the two are separated. Years later, Roya now in her 70s in the US, reunites with Bahman and we find out what happened in 1953. I preferred this to The Saffron Kitchen. https://cannonballread.com/2019/10/the-stationery-shop-novel-elcicco/

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Hooked_on_books
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Roya is a teen in Tehran in 1953 during political unrest who loves poetry. She then meets a boy in the stationary shop who turns out to be her true love. This is a tale of a country in upheaval, societal expectations, and missed opportunity. I actually gasped in places. If you‘re a crier, keep some tissues handy. This is lovely.

Cinfhen I assumed this was going to be a “light” read - now I‘m more intrigued 😁 1mo
Sace Stacked! 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen It doesn‘t get deeply into the coup situation, but it infuses the story with time and place. It‘s a good balance between light and heavy. I thought it was superb. But I‘m not kidding about those tissues! I‘m not a crier at all and I came close to tearing up. 1mo
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Cinfhen Maybe I‘ll look for the audio and I‘ll make sure to have tissues ~ I‘m quite the sniffler 😭😭😭 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks Oh, this is free right now on Kindle Unlimited. Thanks for the great review. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @CoffeeCatsBooks Oh nice, I didn‘t know that! I love it when great books are free. 1mo
wen4blu I loved this one...even the ending! 1mo
Hooked_on_books @wen4blu The ending about killed me, but it was beautiful. She handled the writing so well—it could have been pure drivel or sentiment. (edited) 1mo
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Samplergal
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A lovely book chronicling the Persian coup in 1953 and a love story or two within it. Lots of references to Persian cuisine. I really enjoyed the audiobook and learned more about the CIAs involvement with the Shah and of course, oil.

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wen4blu
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Clouds, book and a rainbow (bagel).

Lindy What a pretty bagel! 2mo
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mhillis
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mhillis Thanks @Liz_M and @IndoorDame for the tag!! Sorry it took me so long to get started! 2mo
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Between.The.Covers
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This was AMAZING!

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Meredithtew
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sisilia
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I can‘t do this; I just stopped at page 100 😪 Romance is not my favorite genre, and this novel has too much dosage of loving and longing (in repetition!). I‘d probably love this story when I was a teenager, when I was infatuated with my crush 😜

SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime wow, really? i loved this book & don't like romance at all. so interesting how every book is different for every person 🙂 2mo
sisilia @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Yeah, different perspectives from different readers make this community a fun place to be in 🥰 2mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @sisilia absolutely, it's why i love it 2mo
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sisilia
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I‘ve read some amazing books recently. I was in an adventure tracking 7 escapees in The Seventh Cross; rode the anxiety roller-coaster with a mentally-ill lady in The Outward Room; tagged along Stoner from his uni years til his death. All of these left me with deep thoughts & I was emotionally stirred.

Now am reading a story about 2 teenagers falling in love. It‘s nothing so far but “I love you, I desire you” + a bit of drama. It feels so bleah!

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sisilia
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Currently reading.. I picked this book because of the title 😂 Has anyone read this?

Texreader It looks amazing and I‘d have picked up for that title too. Hope it‘s as good as it sounds. 2mo
Cinfhen Love that cover 🥰 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading It‘s on my tbr but I don‘t know when I‘ll be able to get to it. 2mo
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irre
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This was a total #blameitonlitsy purchase.
3.5 stars

valeriegeary This looks like the perfect reading spot. 😍🐕 3mo
irre @valeriegeary For sure! 2mo
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Bookwormjillk
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It felt great to be home, and walking my neighborhood route again. I was surprised to see so many fall flowers and berries after just being away for 1 week. #bfcr3

Crazeedi Yep, fall is on it's way, the weather has changed here already! 3mo
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MelissaSue81
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Guys I didn‘t see this coming. I read this somewhat blindly for an online book club. I was kind of disinterested after a few chapters.. but omg. This book has shredded my heart into a gazillion pieces. It may be my #1 book of the year. It‘s getting all of my stars. Even though my heart is still hurting. So good. But so so so sad.

irre I‘m sold. Ordered it! 3mo
auntie_jenn her first novel was lovely 3mo
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MelissaSue81
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I‘ve got about 70 pages left to read of this. It started kind of slow.. then got intriguing.. and now it is proceeding to rip my heart out and stomp on it. I honestly don‘t know if I can keep going. Seriously 😭 💔

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daena
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Beginning my 5th book for the #bookfitnesschallenge 40 pages in and really enjoying the historical aspects and tender, budding love story. I inadvertently learned a valuable lesson this week. I ended up throwing myself into my fitness challenges and books in order to deal with being overloaded mentally (passing of a family member and other stuff). It proved to be a positive coping mechanism. I‘m thankful for this challenge today. #TeamFitLit

4thhouseontheleft I‘m glad the #bfcr3 was helpful for you in coping this week. 💞 3mo
wanderinglynn 💜 Glad you were able to cope this week. 3mo
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Carolyn11215
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Loved this bittersweet story about love interrupted set against backdrop of 1953 coup in Iran. Photo is of typical Nowruz celebratory foods.

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Carolyn11215
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A bit before my time...the political turmoil that led to a US backed coup in Iran against which this love affair is set.

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Clwojick
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🔸#UglyLocationChallenge : Walmarts furniture dept.

LauraBeth 😹😹 4mo
BooknerdsLife That doesn‘t look ugly at all 😆 4mo
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booksaremyfavorite
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Part love, part loss, and part family drama. A great historical fiction read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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I absolutely loved the historical fiction aspects of this book, especially as I didn't know much about the 1953 coup in Iran prior. But most importantly, The Stationery Shop is a story about life -- of friends, family, politics, race, class, culture, expectation, tradition, relationships, past decisions and trust. Marjan Kamali's writing was able to completely transport me to another time and place. I think I can still taste the saffron...

Crazeedi I have this in my book journal to get and read! 4mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @Crazeedi I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂 4mo
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Sharpeipup
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“Why do some people stay lodged in our souls, stuck in our throats, imprinted in our minds?”
#audiobook #quotes #why? 🤷‍♀️

Soubhiville What a beautiful cover! 4mo
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Lauren.Archer
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The Stationery Shop is such a beautifully written novel. When I started this I thought this was going to be a light novel verging on romance, however, this book was so much more. Kamali weaves a deep narrative thats spans 60 years that will sit with me for a long time.

To read my full review, visit: https://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/07/02/the-stationery-shop/

catebutler I‘ve heard this is so good! Hoping to get to it soon!! 5mo
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Bakingbookworm
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4 ⭐️- The Stationery Shop is an engaging and touching story and a definite must read for this summer.

Part romance, part family drama and part Historical Fiction, this story also highlights Iran‘s tumultuous history with the beauty of its culture.

My review: http://bit.ly/2IsZBDy

Thanks to @GalleryBooks for my complimentary advanced copy.

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JenniferSBrown
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A haunting, gorgeous story of love and loss amid the political upheaval of Tehran in 1953 (with sections in modern-day Massachusetts). You‘ll need a lot of tissues for this one!!

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