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