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The Stationery Shop

A Novel

by Marjan Kamali

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The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali
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    Jun 2019, 320 pages

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Set against the political turmoil of 1950s Iran, this breathtaking sophomore novel centers on a forbidden romance with long-lasting consequences.

My favorite literature creates worlds that I cannot visit in person. Marjan Kamali's The Stationery Shop swept me completely into the alluring but dangerous world of Tehran, Iran, circa 1953, the year the nation's democracy underwent a violent U.S.-backed coup d'état. Reckoning with a traumatic past, Kamali has written a thoughtful novel that doubles as a multi-generational love story and a realistic depiction of Iranian-American immigrant experience; the work is a welcome addition to the canon of literature written by Iranian diaspora authors.

Readers discover an emotional journey that resonates with love, loss, time, and memory. The main character, Roya, is a high school student in Tehran who spends most of her afternoons at Mr. Fakhri's Stationery Shop. Here, Roya browses books and dreams about her future. One day, she meets Bahman, a rebellious aspiring journalist who visits...

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