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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
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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
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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Marcy prager
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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Jalilah
This wonderful debut novel might be classified as "chick lit", however that does not have to be a bad thing. The feeling is light, but not fluffy. I would suggest this book to people who like Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, as both authors write about relationships between mothers and daughters, as well the immigrant experience. I would also recommend it to people who liked Persepolis.
Being of mixed ancestry, born in one place, living in another, these kind of books resonate with me. There are great
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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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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.
Melissa Stacy
The domestic fiction/women's fiction novel, "Together Tea," by Marjan Kamali, published in 2013, is an absolutely wonderful book. Warm, heartfelt, and delightful. I really enjoyed it.

"Together Tea" centers on the bond between a mother and daughter named Mina and Darya. In 1981 (about a year after the start of the Iran-Iraq War), their immediate family leaves Tehran, Iran and moves to New York City, where they eventually become permanent U.S. residents. In 1996, Mina and Darya journey back to Teh
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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
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, audiobook
I loved this book, which focuses on the lives of Mina and her mom Darya, immigrants from Iran. The book begins with Darya setting up Mina with a potential husband, but the story becomes much more than that as they talk about their experiences in Iran when the Iraq/Iran war broke out, and their experiences in America when they first arrived. I love the books exploration of immigrants not feeling part of one culture or the other, where they feel like they are part of the hyphen between the two wor ...more
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.
Ke*
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2020
Beautifully told audio book. 🎧
I loved it !
Kanchana Bandara-Coore
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: luanne francis, janaki bandara, marcelle smart
Shelves: books-read-2018
"She [Mina] knew how to swing her legs on that hyphen that defined and denied who she was: Iranian-American. Neither the first word nor the second really belonged to her. Her place was on the hyphen, and on the hyphen she would stay, carrying memories of the one place from which she had come and the other place in which she must succeed."
As a child immigrant myself, these words resonated deeply with me, as I too know the feeling of living on the hyphen, and especially one like Mina's which separ
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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
Janice Liedl
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this - a fun, multi-generational story that focuses on an Iranian-American family, particularly the mother and daughter, who're both unsettled about what they're doing in their western lives long after fleeing Iran soon after the Revolution. That their answers require them to return to Iran might surprise readers - but Kamali does a great job of showing how their lives are so much affected by the past in Iran, its joys and its heartbreaks. Well-written, engaging and joyful despite ...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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Melissa
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would probably not have picked this book up on my own. This book was chosen as part of a virtual book club I’m participating in. It was an excellent choice.
This is a moving story about a Persian family attempting to adjust to American life. When Darya and Mina went back to visit their home country, I felt their fear in the airport. By reading this book, I had an inside perspective to a world that I have never considered before. It was beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspiring all at once.
I wou
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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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Sonal
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely find! A beautiful, heartwarming story of an Iranian- American family. Just what I was looking for right now. Something about Iran but not a heavy read. In the midst of current political chaos, with all the tensions brewing up between Iran and America; this book felt like a gush of cool air.

Though fictional, the story is very well written with beautiful, memorable characters. The synopsis of the book says that it is about a mother-daughter relationship and finding love, but I truly
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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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Paula
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-bookshelf
I found this book a charming and refreshing perspective on a contemporary Iranian family who left Iran during their revolution in 1978 and are now living in New York. The book goes back and forth between remembering what it was like when they left Iran and their life in NY now. I found all the characters very likable. There were no heroics going on in the story, just a loving family who were going through the normal struggles of life and trying to reconcile their Iranian background while still b ...more
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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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
Danielle
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful book! I loved "The Stationary Shop" more, because it was so brilliant, but this one was wonderful too. It had a decidedly lighter feel. I loved the duel storyline of mother and daughter. I appreciated the author creating the tension of what it must feel like to be an immigrant feel so real. How often one feels not quite at home in either the home of their birth or their adopted home. They are always a bit at odd with both. This was kind of the main theme of the story. Where ...more
Nancy deJong
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this!
“Is he kind?” Darya asked. “Because, Mina, there’s a lot to be said for education. And a profession. And family history. And, well, looks. But if there’s one thing that matters, it’s character. That’s the only thing that lasts. Degrees can lose significance, jobs can be lost, a family’s past really shouldn’t define a person, and as for looks . . .” Darya sighed. “Well, looks fade for the best of us. But character, Mina, is what lasts. Kindness will carry you through the ups and downs
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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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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
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
Erica Ferencik
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story about a young woman's journey back to Iran and her evolving relationship with her mother, told with Kamali's signature touch. I could see the lemons hanging from the lemon trees, taste the fresh pomegranate and sour cherry jam. Beyond refreshing to dip into an un-snarky story about human love, told with humor, affection and tenderness - I mean really, aren't we all starving for this?
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Marjan Kamali, born in Turkey to Iranian parents, spent her childhood in Kenya, Germany, Turkey, Iran, and the United States. She studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and received her MBA from Columbia University and her MFA from New York University.

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“She knew how to swing her legs on that hyphen that defined and denied who she was: Iranian-American. Neither the first word nor the second really belonged to her. Her place was on the hyphen and on the hyphen she would stay, carrying memories of the one place from which she had come and the other place in which she must succeed. The hyphen was hers-- a space small, and potentially precarious. On the hyphen she would sit, and on the hyphen she would stand, and soon, like a seasoned acrobat, she would balance there perfectly, never falling, never choosing either side over the other, content with walking that thin line.” 4 likes
“I'm not scared. The only thing that scares me is God. And guess what, Mina? God is not a fanatic.” 3 likes
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