The Stationery Shop

The Stationery Shop

Large Print - 2019 | Large print edition
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2019
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432867959
Branch Call Number: LT F KAM
Characteristics: 461 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Sep 23, 2020

Modern Mrs Darcy

Jul 06, 2020

This lovely novel has the reader moving between 1953 Tehran and 2013 Boston. Roya, a 17-year-old in love with books and poetry, meets Bahman, another teenager who's involved in the pro-democracy movement and has a passion for Rumi's poetry. Despite the odds and family objections, they become engaged. When some last-minute machinations by the adults in their lives cause havoc, Roya moves to California to attend college and never returns to Iran. Years later, Roya visits an old-fashioned stationery shop while her husband is at a doctor's appointment. She is shocked to learn that Bahman started the shop in Boston. He's now in an assisted living facility but Bahman's son puts her in touch with him by letter. Their final meeting ties up all the loose ends for the reader. Part historical fiction, part romance, part mystery, this novel also explores the impact of mental illness on an Iranian family in a different time and place from modern America.

Aug 20, 2019

A tale of thwarted love set against the backdrop of political turmoil in 1953 Iran. Roya and Bahman meet and fall in love in a stationery shop in Tehran.

I enjoyed this book. The political upheaval was a strong part of the setting, almost a character. For me that's what set this book apart. I love books that are grounded in historical events in a way that give me a better sense of the times while still having a compelling story. For another captivating tale set during the same time period in Iran, try Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik, one of my favorites from 2018.

debwalker Jun 18, 2019

Set against the upheaval of 1953 Tehran, events change the destiny of two teenagers who meet in a book and stationery shop and fall in love. Political dreams, family loyalty, lingering memories, love, and fate.

OPL_BethS Apr 18, 2019

The young budding love between Roya and Bahman in 1953 Tehran ends without explanation, and both go on to marry and move on with their lives, each eventually moving to the United States. The author does an amazing job of combining both an intimate portrayal of lost love set amidst the political upheavals in Iran.


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Jul 06, 2020

"Roya never did learn to eat like an American."

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