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Čaj s nápadníkem

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Mína, která právě oslavila pětadvacáté narozeniny, strávila dětství v Íránu, než její rodina v roce 1979 emigrovala po islámské revoluci do New Yorku. O kulturních rozdílech mezi Východem a Západem by tedy něco mohla vědět. Jenomže co je to proti tomu, co dennodenně zažívá doma s matkou? Zatímco ona, ač je rodinou nucená studovat něco „praktického“ – tedy ekonomii –, tíhne ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published 2014 (first published 2013)
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Booktart
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-east
A great story. The history of Iran before, during, and post Revolution (in this book, immediately after and then years later, in 1996) is fascinating. As the author points out throughout the book, the media here often paints a one-sided picture of Iran due to its government and in doing so, ignores the people actually living there, many of whom have progressive beliefs but are completely silenced by the government. I was glad to get some insight into what daily life is like for Iranian citizens. ...more
Marcy
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful story! It begins in America, where Darya, a caring mom, tells her 25 year old daughter, Mina, that she found a wonderful man she wanted her to meet. He was one out of dozens that Mina had to meet with her mom and dad present...

Darya grew up in Iran, where her own mother arranged her marriage to Parviz, a kind, generous man, a doctor. Darya and Parviz married and had three children, two boys and Mina. Life was good for the family until Sadaam started bombing Iran, and war was upo
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Shoshanah
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going into this book I was expected a cute chick lit with a matchmaking mother, and a daughter wanting to find love on her own. That's the type of book I enjoy, and would have been perfect for the beach (which is where I was when reading). Except, I was pleasantly surprised and am happy to say this was so much more than that.

The first part of the novel takes place in 1996 when Darya and her 20-something daughter, Mina, both reach the decision that the need to go back to Iran in order to move for
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Linda
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: Marjan Kamali is a writing friend. I loved this book from page one to the end because the characters were so engaging - and real. Some might call this a light summer read, but I believe it's a witty, humorous book with incredible poignancy and depth.

Marjan, who is an Iranian American, gives readers a sense of what it was like during the Iranian revolution in the 1970s. She also takes us into the modern lives of Iranians both in Iran and in America.

It's a story about a mother-da
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lanius_minor
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Kdyby někomu vrtalo hlavou, proč knížce, která od jiných čtenářů dostává výrazně víc hvězdiček, já dávám jen dvě, nabízím jednoduché vysvětlení: příběh nenaplnil má očekávání a styl vyprávění mi nesedl. Já zkrátka nerada, když na mě text působí jako úkol odevzdaný na kurzu tvůrčího psaní. Během čtení se mi příliš často vybavovala Persepolis a zejména nedávno čtený Dům u mešity a ve srovnání s nimi Čaj s nápadníkem napadal na jednu nohu. Tolik subjektivní hodnocení. Objektivně se kniha může jiným ...more
Melissa
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an easy and quick read that caught me by surprise and with a few tears also. This is the story of an Iranian family that immigrated to America in order for their children to have freedom and to live without fear. I loved Mina (the daughter), Darya (the mom), and Parviz (the dad). I found myself easily sucked into turning the pages and the world around me disappeared as I read to find out what was going to happen next. My heart was touched both when the family left Iran and when Mina and ...more
Eileen
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect novel. The characters are so well drawn yet the writing is very tight; not a word wasted. Under the guise of a light, almost romantic comedy, this book examines some serious themes: the plight of the immigrant (in this case Iranian-Americans but really all immigrants anywhere) and the lives of modern Iranians. It has all the elements of a classic novel including the ending (which I of course won’t reveal here). Highly recommend to all.
Elisa Waingort
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I have good Iranian friends and based on conversations with them, the historical aspect of this novel rang true to me.
The conflicts experienced by immigrants are personally familiar to me, as well.
I could easily connect to Mina, the main character.
Highly recommended
Linda Blake
The thing I liked most about this book was learning about Iranian culture and how it humanized the Iranian people. The romance plot line was weak. The description of food was almost obsessive.
Audrey
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well done story about emigration and immigration as well as the loss of family bonds. What was especially well done was Mina's sense of displacement, despite assimilating in the US at a young age, and feeling like she didn't belong either in the US or in Iran. And, I loved the reunion scene that Mina and her mother had with her relatives when they went back to visit them. I did feel a lot of stress and tension during all the airport scenes.
Sejla
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book!! It made me laugh, it made me cry(more than once)it made me think. I could connect to Mina’s character and also just the story and struggles of being an immigrant itself I could relate to, which is why it was such an emotional read for me. I feel that unless you have been through a similar situation in life, you cannot understand it. I enjoyed the different characters and would highly recommend this book! I also learned a lot of things I did not know about the Iranian cult ...more
Arielle Masters
This was mostly a light romance - well, a book about a young woman seeking romance and about her loving mother's different views on what she should look for in a life partner - and a story about being true to your interests and your personal needs, not just to what you *need* to do in life to be successful. It also contrasted life in semi-contemporary New York City with life in pre-revolutionary, early revolutionary, and 1990s post-revolutionary Iran.

I liked that the family was basically happy
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Becky
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1978, Mina's family left behind the tragedy and turmoil of Iran to start fresh in America. Since then, Mina has always felt like she wasn't either fully Iranian or fully American, but rather something in the middle. She's given up her passion for art in exchange for getting her MBA and she's suffered through enough awkward teas with possible marriage matches to last a lifetime. Then one day, Mina figures it out. She wants to return to her roots and visit Tehran.

Her mother, Darya, is surprisi
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Maggie Boyd
When Darya came to America she left behind many things in Iran. Her father and extended family. Their luxurious home in Tehran. Communal conversations. The market places and foods of her childhood. But she brought somethings with her - her husband, sons and daughter Mina.

Mina has become Darya's focus in the last few years. While she paid little attention to getting her son's wives, she is determined to find Mina an Iranian-American husband. All her efforts have thus far proved in vain but she is
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Megan
Will rate/review closer to February's book club meeting

Split into three parts, the story centers around the relationship between a mother (Darya) and daughter (Mina) living in New York in the 1990s and how each of them have adopted to living in a country they were not born in. Each woman faces struggles as they navigate living in their adopted homeland -- the family fled Iran following the Revolution and fall of the Shah and end up in NYC in 1982. When the book begins, Darya is intent on finding
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Joy  Cagil
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Together Tea is a poignant immigration experience, a mother-daughter relationship, and a culture-clash mixed with family dynamics story.

The setting is mid 90s in the US where the story opens with a clash between an American-educated daughter, Mina, and Darya, her American-Iranian mother who hasn’t quite internalized her new culture. The mother Darya’s quest in life is to get her daughter married to a successful Iranian, but the daughter is annoyed with her mother’s matchmaking efforts.

When Min
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Barbara
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully written story. I loved the family, Mina, Darya, Baba/Parviz and all the other colorful,secondary characters. The story starts with the Rezayi family living in Queens, NY. They have come over from Iran during the Revolution and Mina and her brothers have spent most of their teens/early adulthood in America, but none of them have forgotten where they come from. Mina feels unhappy with the path her life seems to be taking. She's doing her Masters in business, but really thinks she wan ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Tired of her mother's matchmaking attempts and wanting to know who she is and where she came from, Mina returns to Iran after immigrating 15 years ago.

I found the historical aspect of this novel fascinating. My knowledge of Iran-American relations is spotty and comes mostly from the media, which we all know isn't to be trusted completely. I remember the hostage crisis in 1979-1981. Here, I loved the perspective of a young woman who grew up in Iran and immigrated to America in the early days of t
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Jennifer S. Brown
This story is a romance taken to a new level. Yes, there's a woman whose mother wants to make her a match, using her Excel spreadsheets for find the perfect man. And the beginning is light and fun and easy to read. But part way through the novel, Mina and her mother Darya, return to their native country, Iran, and at this point, the story becomes much richer as we explore modern-day Iran through the eyes of the two women (especially in comparison to their memories of the country pre-revolution). ...more
Melissapalmer404
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #51 Read in 2013
Together Tea by Marjan Kamali

Mina, her parents and her two brothers head to America from Iran during the Iran-Iraqi war. This book talks about Mina's assimilation to American life, how her mother is still trying to arrange a husband for her, and on the return visit that Mina and her mother take to Iran when Mina is in college.

This book does a nice job describing the difficulty of fitting in to a new country, and fitting in when visiting the old country. The characters are i
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Tereza Nekorancová
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kniha, ze které ucítíte vůni šafránu a růžové vody, šťavnatost granátových jablíček a uslyšíte verše Rúmího a Háfize. Zároveň vhled do jedné íránské rodiny, která po Saddámově útoku na Írán odešla do Ameriky, kde se snažila vyrovnat nejen s úplně cizí kulturou, která se ani trochu nepodobala jejich představám o "Zemi čajových šálků", ale také se steskem po zbytku rodiny, kterou musela nechat v Teheránu. Nechybí nadhled a humor tolik typický například pro Marjane Satrapiovou a její Persepolis, dů ...more
MA
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heart-warming, poignant, and funny story about an Iranian family who immigrates to the United States. The story centers on the mother and daughter, Darya and Mina. Mina and her mother have different expectations about Mina’s future career and approach to finding a suitable husband. During a return trip to Iran, Darya and Mina strengthen their bond, and they make peace with their struggle of living between two cultures. What I loved most about this book is the view into Iran's political atmosph ...more
Krysty Sullivan
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This delightful novel takes readers into the characters' homes, journeys with them through continents, regimes, cultures, and love. The characters are alive and the places and food are so vividly described that (warning) you might find yourself reaching for a travel brochure or Persian recipe book. Interspersed with self deprecating humor and a keen understanding of the human heart, this was a joy to read. The author expertly avoided stereotypes and lovingly explored mother-daughter and family t ...more
Donna
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cultural
This was a story about an Iranian family who immigrated to America. Two family members feel lost and a little unfulfilled, so they go back to Iran for a visit years later. I liked the cultural part of this. It carefully described Iranian life, food, family and cultural conflict.

The story and the characters felt like an 8x10 glossy though. It was a pretty picture that the author painted. I wish that there had been more conflict other than unfilled dreams. I also wish that the characters had flaw
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Maureen
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. Initially this was going to be my book club selection but it wasn't meant to be. Too many people want to read this. I loved the grandmother / mother / daughter relationships, the customs, cooking and politics which are key to the story. I'm already looking forward to visiting a Persian restaurant. A gem.
Book Dude
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an advance copy prior to the May 2013 launch. A warm, inviting look at an Iranian-American family that will break the usual American stereotypes about the Middle East in general, and Iran in particular. Ms. Kamali combines depth of character with witty narrative that flows with such ease that you just want to keep on reading and reading.
Katie
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved all the elements of Persian culture and how there were alternating perspectives from Darya and Mina. I loved watching how they related to each other and the world, and how that changed over the course of the book. A lovely book!
Lauren
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time deciding whether this give this three or four stars. I liked that story and read in a few days. It is heart warming story about a daughter and mother. The end made me remember how much I appreciate my own mom.
Caitlin
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its wonderful story, engaging characters, and informative short course in Persian culture make Together Tea one of my favorite recent reads. I look forward to reading more from Marjan Kamali!
rissa
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a word......WOW. If you are a mother, if you have a daughter, if you've lost a mother, love your husband, questioned love's fate and the power of authority you will absolutely adore this story!
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Marjan Kamali was born in Turkey to Iranian parents. She holds an MFA in creative writing from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University. Her work has been a top finalist in Glimmer Train's Fiction Open and the Asian American Short Story Contest.

Her debut novel, Together Tea, was a 2014 finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award in fiction and a Mass Book Award Must Read. It was also
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“Cats?” Baba looked up from practicing chopping tomatoes, looking as if he might explode. “Kittens? ‘Persian’ should remind people of the empire that stretched from one side of the East to the other. The empire that set a new global standard, contributed mountainfuls to astronomy, science, mathematics, and literature, and had a leader, Cyrus the Great, who had the gumption to free the Jewish people and declare human rights! That empire! You can’t be shortsighted when you look at history. History is long!” Baba was shouting now. He continued to slice tomatoes. “Cats! What have we been reduced to?” 3 likes
“I'm not scared. The only thing that scares me is God. And guess what, Mina? God is not a fanatic.” 1 likes
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