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From the award-winning author of Together Tea—a debut novel hailed as “compassionate, funny, and wise” by Jill Davis, bestselling author of Girls’ Poker Night—comes a powerful love story exploring loss, reconciliation, and the quirks of fate.

Roya is a dreamy, idealistic teenager living in 1953 Tehran who, amidst the political upheaval of the time, finds a literary oasis
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 18th 2019 by Gallery Books
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    Elyse Walters
    Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    LONG ....BUT NO MAJOR SPOILERS....

    There is much to like about “The Stationary Shop”, where we are taken back to the year, 1953 when Mossadegh was the Prime Minister in Iran, during political devastating-havoc.
    Many people in Iran loved Mossadegh. They believed he was their democratic leader who had the courage to stand up to foreign powers wanting their oil. Mossadegh was ‘hope’ for the many people in Iran who believed in him. They felt he was the right man to achieve democracy.

    The anti-Mossade
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    Susan Johnson
    Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: net-galley
    I decided to read this after reading reading the enthusiastic review from my GR friend, Elyse. Unfortunately I didn't respond in the same manner. There are parts of it that I really liked and parts that just drove me up the wall.

    I don't know if it's because I am old and cranky but the romance section just dragged out so long I wanted to scream. It just went on and on. I know many people like that so this could be the book for you. I was more interested in the political situation of Iran in 195
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    RoseMary Achey
    Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Stationery Shop is a place you will want to visit again and again! In this skillfully plotted novel author Marjan Kamali introduces us to the violent upheaval leading up to the fall of Mossadegh in 1953 Iran. Against this political unrest we are introduced to a wonderful cast of characters you will immediately bond. I would argue fate is also a major character in the novel.

    The novel’s true beauty lies in its capacity to emotionally move the reader. You cannot read this story without feeling
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    Jennifer S. Brown
    Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I'm not a very emotional person--I'm usually left dry eyed when others are sobbing over books all around me--but this novel gutted me in the very best way possible. I am wowed by The Stationery Shop.

    The story of Roya and Bahman begins when they are teenagers in 1953 in Tehran. The two fall in love, meeting in secret at the Stationery Shop. They become engaged, although the political upheaval around them and family demands threaten to tear them apart. The two decide to marry anyway, but when Roya
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    Karis
    Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Yes, this book is technically a romance, but what I loved the most was how it opened my eyes to the Iranian culture, to the complexity of living in a land constantly in political upheaval. For the first time, my heart identified and ached for a generation of people I had never truly concerned myself with before.

    I loved the simple parts too— the food and customs, the smells, the taarof extreme politeness and small talk, the deeper meaning conveyed in conversation through the Farsi language, even
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    Crystal King
    This book wrecked me. Up at midnight, bawling into my e-reader as I finished this book. Kamali knows how to ratchet up the emotions. She also knows how to write a beautiful book, full of incredible prose, believable characters and an intricately woven plot that will have you gasping as it unfolds. When I read books like these ahead of their publication (thanks NetGalley and Gallery!), it is both a gift and a curse--I want everyone to read it NOW but they will have to wait. But oh, that wait will ...more
    Melanie
    The Stationery Shop is a beautifully mastered historical fiction love story that gripped me as soon as I read the opening letter by the senior editor Jackie Cantor. She writes: 'The wealth of feeling it evokes - of young love, of loss and grief, of the valiant but ultimately vain effort to leave the past behind, and of the unexpected connections that can heal us - is so resonant and deeply imagined that I defy anyone who reads it to remain unmoved." Her words alone drew me in and, upon finishing ...more
    Jim
    Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fiction, 2019
    When young Roya meets Bahman in a 1953 Tehran stationary and bookshop, love blossoms and the two young Iranian young people plan out their life together after they graduate from High School. But Iran is on the verge of coup that will change the course of the nation and their lives, but for additional reasons that Roya does not discover, until years later.

    Marjan Kamali has penned a wonderful and engaging story of love, politics, and family with her novel The Stationary Shop. Set against the backd
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    Mary Keane
    Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    My heart was with these characters from beginning to end. A wonderful, engrossing, moving story.
    Samidha Kalia
    *A copy of the book was provided by the publisher, Simon and Schuster Canada, in exchange of an honest review.*

    3.5


    🌟🌟🌟.5


    This book was one emotional roller coaster ride. The book compares itself to The Notebook and The Kite Runner, and I think it was more similar to The Notebook than the latter. Nonetheless, it was very interesting.


    This book is set in 1950s Iran, during the country’s peak period of tension regarding democracy or monarchy. The romance was set against a vivid environment of c

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    Carrie Nellis Crisp
    Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This was so beautifully written but a emotional novel . To me it hit home with untreated mental illness or depression hurting so many people . Many of us gather the strength to move forward and learn to forgive . This story is about a young teenage couple who fell in love in 1953 during a political battle in Tehran accidently in a Stationary Shop . They had their future planned out but lies and deceit changed everything for this young couple . As time goes by they both get the answers they longe ...more
    Jenifer
    Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    If you like historical fiction spanning decades and tales of star-crossed lovers add this book to your 2019 TBR pile (and perhaps add an extra box of tissues to your shopping list, too.)

    What I really loved about this novel was how Marjan Kamali brought the culture and traditions of mid-20th century Iran to life. Reading this book made me want to find the nearest Persian restaurant and led me in search of recipes for the melon ices Roya sips at their wealthy friend Jahangir's tango party. The sc
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    Devyn
    Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
    I received this book from Goodreads.

    The Stationery Shop is a Venus flytrap.


    It lures you in with its vivid cover and its bibliophile title and its promise of a powerful love story and its Persian cultural feel.


    And then...…. IT COMSUMES YOUR HEART AND SOUL.

    It charms you with kisses and letters and promises, and then wrecks you with a Soo Close and an Almost and a Reconciliation.

    "Those who are young tend to think that life's tragedies and miseries and its bullets will somehow miss them"

    "The past
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    Anne Wolfe
    Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
    This book could have been so much better with some good editing and polishing of an uneven writing style. The first half of the novel is filled with unnecessary repetition. How many times is it necessary to tell us the younger sister sets her hair with newspaper strips to make it wave? It's interesting to read about cooking smells, but the redundancy here never ends. And descriptions of body odors and soap smells? Not necessary. Phrases like "sounds like a plan" and words like "wimpy" are anachr ...more
    Staci
    Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is a love story and a story about loss. It’s also a coming of age saga. The backdrop to the story is the political climate in Iran starting in 1953. It touches on the exile of the Shah in 1979 and the story ends in 2013. Roya and Bahman are seventeen and fall in love amidst the political turmoil and chaos that eventually leads to the 1953 coup that ousts prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh. The young lovers are separated and their lives take unexpected (and not so unexpected) paths.

    This turn
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    Lynne Lambdin
    Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    There are very few books turned movie adaptations that I don’t rip apart with my “I read the book before the movie was a thing” arrogance. You know the type. Usually found after the movie complaining about the following: “I’m so mad they left that out!”, “That wasn’t in the book!”, or “If you read the book you would understand!”. That’s me! But The Notebook is my outlier. One of the very few books that were a complete letdown considering the movie. But now that I’ve finished The Stationery Shop ...more
    Janet
    May 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

    From the award-winning author of Together Tea—a debut novel hailed as “compassionate, funny, and wise” by Jill Davis, bestselling author of Girls’ Poker Night—comes a powerful love story exploring loss, reconciliation, and the quirks of fate.

    Roya is a dreamy, id
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    Valerie
    Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Stationery Shop is not your typical love story, starring eyed lovers don't sail off into the sunset. The shop is owned by Mr. Fakhri a scholar himself opened this shop so he might help the young with knowledge and risk is located in Tehran, the capital of Iran, a country always under distress. People go about their business some not so concerned about government problems. Most worried about their families and where their future will lead them. But through lives tribulation young minds, intel ...more
    Madeline
    May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    You should read this book if:

    1. You want to be swept off your feet by the familiarity of young love and the power it holds.
    2. You appreciate cultural novels written by authors who have a place in that culture.
    3. You love connecting to characters, and when your heart swells and aches with them.

    Bahman and Roya are 17 and in love, a feeling that many of us have known before. Set against the political unrest that encased Iran in 1953, their relationship blossoms. But then, by a trick of fate, the
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    Patricia Doyle
    The Stationery Shop, primarily about Roya and Bahman, begins in Iran and ends in America. It is a beautiful story that makes us realize that life is what happens, not what we plan. I won’t summarize this very complicated story since that’s well covered in the book’s description. I will say that it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a few years.

    The story takes place from about 1953 to 2013 and touches on the politics and turmoil of Iran, the Iranian customs requirements of women and families,
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    Andrea
    Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    3.5 but rounding up because the writing was okay and I learned about the turmoil Iran from the perspective of the protaganists [and not history books]. And also about customs, traditions, and food.

    I won a copy of this book touted: "As powerful as... The Kite Runner and with the emotional impact of... The Notebook. I loved the former, have only seen the movie of the latter. A love story--two teenagers in 1953 Iran set amidst the political turmoil. I learned alot ab0ut the political situation from
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    M.G. Camacho
    Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This being the first book I've read from author Marjan Kamali, I really enjoyed how well-written this book is and how the plot just continues to build up, and the characters just comes alive at every scene. I love how this book showed how the Iranian culture is very rich in symbolism and tradition and how this book clearly portrays the patriotism that burns in every young man's heart only to grow disillusioned with age. War, of any kind, is never an easy subject. It tears apart everything in it' ...more
    Rhonda Hendrick
    Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a beautifully written novel. This is the story of Roya and Bahman, two young teenagers who fall in love in 1953 Tehran. Their love blossoms while they visit the stationary shop owned by Mr. Fakhri. On the day of their wedding, they are to meet in the town square, but Bahman doesn't show up. Violence has erupted around the square as Roya waits for Bahman. It takes 60 years but Roya finally sees Bahman again and learns what happened that fateful day and why they didn't spend their lives toget ...more
    Book2Dragon
    Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Oh, I loved this book. II was the lucky recipient of this book from Goodreads. I am so glad I asked for it. It is the best fiction I have read in quite some time.

    Marjan is a wonderful writer. She does time lapses in the best way I have ever experienced from an author (they usually frustrate me, but here they flowed seamlessly with the story). The first thing I noticed, in the first two pages, is that I cared about her characters.

    I really hate it when I read a book of fiction (or even non-fiction
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    Elizabeth
    Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Marjan Kamali's The Stationery Shop is a fictional reflection on the personal devastation resulting from the ongoing political upheaval in Iran over the past 65+ years - specifically in this book since the uprising against Mossadegh in 1953. The novel focuses on a young girl, Roya, who falls in love with Bahman, a boy who is going to change the world. Politically active, Bahman believes like many others that Mossadegh can improve Iran, modernize it and offer people better lives. Roya and Bahman ...more
    Paula
    Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Roya goes to the Stationery Shop every day after school. She loves the shop and it's books as well as the pens and paper. One day a boy "breezes" in. It's as if an energy has entered the shop. Mr. Fakhri, the shop owner knows the boy and knows what he is after. Every Tuesday, Bahman comes in and Roya and Bahman become very close.

    This book was so richly written, I felt a part of the story. Kamali brings the strife of 1950's Iran back to life and you feel the angst of the people living there. The
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    Lindoula
    Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: fiction, netgalley, review
    Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

    A captivating work of beautiful prose. I wasn't at all sure what to expect from this, but I'm a sucker for a stationery shop and I knew I had to read it. Learning more about Iranian culture before the 1970s was also a big reason for requesting this book from NetGalley. I'm happy to say that it more than lived up to my expectations.

    Without providing spoilers, let me just say that the first half of the book has a
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    SusanS
    Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Book Court - Where I'm the Judge and Jury

    CHARGE (What is the author trying to say?): How is love affected by loss, reconciliation, and a 1953 coup in Iran that will change their country forever?

    FACTS: The book looks back on Bahman and Roya, two seventeen-year-old students who fall in love in a stationery shop in Tehran in the midst of a city in political turmoil. From the way the book is structured, we know from the beginning that their love is ill-fated and as the book unfolds, we find out why.
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    Kristen Beverly
    May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Really beautiful story of a love found and lost. I love stories that are based in places & cultures that Are far away from my own and that I will likely never experience and this book fits that perfectly.
    Karen
    Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    4.25. I’d learned much about this tumultuous period of time in Iran from my neighbor yet found it eye opening as told through the eyes of idealistic Iranian teens. A true love story. Somewhat an Iranian Romeo and Juliet.
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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. Her work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in two anthologies: Tremors and Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been. An excerpt from T ...more