This book, set in Iran in the 1950s and the US in the 2010s, is just beautifully plotted and written. One becomes quickly invested in what happens to Roya, Bahman and the stationery shop where they meet. And, one can see the political turmoil that unfolds in Iran as they try and free themselves from foreign powers. On top, descriptions of food that will make you mouth water, including one of my favorite dishes, ghoresh sabzi.— Audrey H.
I LOVED this book! It is beautifully written, and a wonderful and heartbreaking story. It brings you historical fiction, star-crossed lovers, and wonder, as relationships are slowly revealed. You will weep for missed chances, you will cheer for Roya and Bahman, you will learn about 1950s Iran, and you will have a hard time leaving this world. The New England references made it even more appealing. One of the best books I’ve read in some time. - Stacey— Stacey
July 2019 Indie Next List
“The Stationery Shop is one of the most beautifully written novels I have read in a long time. The masterful plot brings us to a lost time and culture, but also transcends time and country. In a story set against the upheaval of 1953 Tehran, we discover how events change the destiny of two teenagers who meet in a book and stationery shop and fall in love. This novel of political dreams, family loyalty, lingering memories, love, and fate will haunt you long after the story ends.”
— Janet Hutchison, The Open Door Bookstore, Schenectady, NY
From the award-winning author of Together Tea--a debut novel hailed as "compassionate, funny, and wise" by Jill Davis, bestselling author of Girls' Poker Night--comes 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. Fakhri's 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 customer--handsome Bahman, who has a burning passion for justice and a love for Rumi's poetry--she 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 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 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.