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The Stationery Shop

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  20,691 ratings  ·  3,119 reviews
A poignant, heartfelt new novel by the award-nominated author of Together Tea that explores loss, reconciliation, and the quirks of fate.

Roya, a dreamy, idealistic teenager living amid the political upheaval of 1953 Tehran, finds a literary oasis in kindly Mr. Fakhri’s neighborhood stationery shop, stocked with books and pens and bottles of jewel-colored ink.

Then Mr. Fakhr
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Gallery Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Look at love
How it tangles
With the one fallen in love
Look at spirit
How if fuses with earth
Giving it new life
Five lyrical, heart-wrenching/ripping/breaking into pieces, soul shaking, perception changing, revolutionary, magical, eternal love stars!
The list of the things you need urgently after you finish this book are:
- Rolls of toilet papers, napkins, paper towels, anything helping you out to clean the nasty evidence of your ugly cries!
-Fresh air! So you can howl at the moon like a wolf for
Elyse  Walters
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-east
I love these middle eastern stories. Fascinated by their traditions-charmed by some; repulsed by others.

This one is a reflection back on a love story that took place in 1953, Tehran. With a country who fought for democracy; for a couple who fought for it within their family. A couple who are destined to be together until torn apart for reasons unbeknownst to Roya. Fifty years later, she gets her answer.

The beauty and description as well as the character depiction , were captivating.
A beautiful
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Net Galley
5 stars

My goodness. Another beautiful and enthralling read in a year full of them for me! I am going to be brief as the less said the better for potential readers of this wonderful novel.

The Stationery Shop (the perfect title for this story) is set in two timelines—1953 and 2013. I would estimate, however, that 90% of the story takes place in 1953, including, believe it or not, the epilogue. Our protagonist is Roya, a young woman who turns 17 years old in 1953. She meets her first love, Bahman,
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
***Sad but lovely. This is the kind of book you will enjoy reading indoors with a glass of wine or a mug of tea. Because tissues are involved.

This book left me sobbing as it ended. There's too many times where you would want to hug each of these characters and tell them everything was going to be okay when it actually wasn't.
The book is written so beautifully and amazingly. I just couldn't put the book down. The book is unpredictable yet it unfolds many tiny secrets from time to time.
It's a st
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. This book. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Roya lives in Tehran in the 1950s. She’s a teen brimming with idealism, at a time when it could be dangerous with the political upset in Iran. Roya finds peace in Mr. Fakhri’s book and stationery shop. (Can you even believe? This made this paper and book love over the moon with happiness!).

The store is dusty, warm, and inviting, and Mr. Fakhri is kind. There are fountain pens, bottles of ink, and special papers.

Mr. Fakhri introduces Roya to his other
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
A nice enough tale about a lost romance but I was not able to see why so many people have raved about it. Maybe because I am not romantic enough to seriously believe two people could carry a torch for each other for fifty years. A few nostalgic thoughts maybe but not enduring love. And I felt sorry for Walter having to put on a brave face while his much loved wife indulged in a teenager fantasy.

Not knocking the whole book though. There were lovely parts about food and really interesting bits abo
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
review to follow. This is a good book but I would classify it more as historical romance, there is little history in this book :(
may ❀
Book 6 completed for #RamadanReadathon

@ author, please let me know where i can send the bills for the therapy that i now need

i get this deep ache in my chest every time i think about this book

the profound emotions of timeless love and loss and grief and missed chances and forgiveness punched me in the throat and i'm still not over it omg can someone make it STOP HURTING

the Stationery Shop is the story of a teenage girl in tehran during 1953 just before the iranian coup and the whirlwind romance
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A high 4 stars!

The Stationary Shop was an unexpected treat. This novel is partly set in Iran in the 1950s and partly set in contemporary US. The story focuses on Roya, who is a teenager in the 1950s and in love with Bahman. Through politics and family, things don’t work out for them, but they meet again in their 70s in the US. Roya and her journey are told lovingly. A number of characters do terrible things, but no one is terrible — life is complicated and people make bad choices. It’s a story a
This is a beautifully written love story set against the political upheaval of Iran in August 1953, which saw the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh ousted by a coup designed to keep Iran in the hands of the Shah and its oil under control of the British and Americans.

Roya, a poetry loving teenager in her last year of high school in Tehran loves nothing more than spending time browsing Mr Fakhri's stationery shop where as well as paper and pens he stocks all her favourite P
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4+ stars
In Tehran 1953, Roya and Bahman both 17 yrs old, first meet at a stationary shop that they both frequent. They are rapidly and intensely taken with each other, a romance blooms and quite soon they are engaged.
Fate has other things planned for these two souls and theirs is a powerful love story with feelings that last a lifetime, despite occurrences and people that separated them.
This book made me cry.
Stephanie Nicholas
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
This was absolutely magnificent! I'm still trying to catch my breath and dab away a few last tears after gently closing the cover. Ahhh my.

This was a historical fiction novel that took place during the 1953 political uprising in Tehran, Iran. Roya and Bahman meet in Mr. Fakhri's stationery shop, a favorite place for them both. After falling in love against all odds, they plan to meet in secret and marry, but when that day comes, Roya finds that Bahman doesn't show. There is commotion in the squa
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
Anna Luce
★★✰✰✰ 2 stars

Maybe I shouldn't have read this alongside a book by Elif Shafak...a writer who brilliantly evoke multiple cultures and cities populating them with vastly differentiating, and realistic, people. Although in The Stationery Shop there are glimpses of a talented writer, the writing was incredibly repetitive with an abundance of clichéd phrases and observations. The few scenes which managed not to make me roll my eyes were the ones which revolved around cooking.

Perhaps I was hoping fo
Jennifer Blankfein
Wiping away tears... I loved The Stationary Shop so much! Author Marjan Kamali tells us about a love story gone wrong among political unrest in Iran 1950s.

We begin in 2013 in Massachusetts when an older woman, Roya, is visiting an old man in a nursing home. Then we go back in time to the 1950’s where young Roya finds solace in Mr. Fakhri’s quaint shop full of writing materials and books. She meets a handsome political activist, Brahman, in The Stationary Shop and they fall in love. They are sepa
Joan Happel
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is historical fiction done right! The Stationery Shop is the beautifully told story of Roya Kayhani, a 17-year old lover of Persian poetry and Bahman Aslan, an energetic young man already known as a political activist. The two meet in Mr. Fakhri’s stationery shop and begin to fall in love. Despite the objections of Bahman’s class-conscious mother, they become engaged. Their passionate romance is set against the political passions of 1953 Iran. Roya and Bahman decide to marry and arrange to ...more
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
da AL
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compassionate and intelligent. A sensitive portrayal of Persian-American history through the eyes of a woman, that indulges all of the senses -- bravo! Kamali has written a lovely book -- & performer Marnò elevates it further! ...more
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
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Maybe I have ice in my veins or am too cynical, but this "romantic" novel about two doomed lovers just didn't captivate me. The political background in 1950s Tehran was interesting as was the delectable cooking, but most of the novel was formulaic and predictable. And I was impatient with mopey, sorrowful Roya. I'm feeling generous, so three stars for potential.
"She opened the notebook. He had written on the first page: For Roya Joon, my love. May you always be happy and may you all your days be filled with beautiful words. Underneath he had inscribed, in his own hand, a verse from Rumi:
The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.
On Walnut Street, in Newton Massachusetts, a Stationery Shop selling Inkwells and pens caught the e
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.
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's so much to love about this story, I'm not sure I can do it justice. Roya and Bahman's love story spans decades and countries and it's full of heartbreak and longing and hope. Their story starts in war-torn Tehran, and eventually takes them to America and along the way, the reader watches them grow up, from young, innocent teenagers with big dreams, to adults trying to figure things out, to septuagenarians at the end of their life, and all the twists and turns and lessons that come with a ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall: A beautiful albeit tragic tale of lost love. Lyrical and moving with memorable characters 4/5 or 7/10

Summary: 1953, Roya June is as a 17-year-old schoolgirl who was raised in a progressive home in Tehran. Her father encourages Roya and her sister, Zari to study, with dreams of attending university. Roya loved escaping into novels, which sent her to Mr. Fakhri’s stationery and book store every Tuesday afternoon. There she first sees Bahman Aslan, "the boy who will change the world" and a
Lily Herman
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I hope you've got a Costco-sized pile of tissues ready to go, because I guarantee Marjan Kamali's The Stationery Shop will leave you sobbing.

Along with my obvious adoration for romances built on agitation, the idea of lifelong love that's lost and found again is one of my favorite concepts to read about, and Kamali did so much justice to this idea. Right along with that, I inhale any book that plays on the idea of fate and alternate timelines—what would've happened if X, Y, and Z had gone differ
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Superb Story Telling!
The Stationery Shop, by Marjan Kamali, is the story of young love between Roya and Bahman during the political upheaval of 1953 Iran.
It also manages to cover 60 years of their lives and how feelings of love and grief haunt us, even years later.
Beautifully written, realistic characters and the intersection of food and culture were wonderfully depicted.
I highly recommend this epic and enlightening historical fiction.

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada/Gallery Bo
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Look, Zari, being in love is difficult to explain. When you know it’s right, you just know. There’s no avoiding it. It’s like … it’s like a tree has fallen on your head.”

The Stationary Shop of Tehran is the second novel by Turkish-born author, Marjan Kamali. In 1953, Tehran is full of political unrest, but seventeen-year-old Roya Kayhani isn’t interested in all that (she hears it from her father constantly). Roya just wants to read: Persian poetry, Rumi in particular, or translated novels, it d
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
The Stationery Shop is part romance, part family drama and part historical fiction that weaves the history, political tensions, social mores, ahhmazing food and beauty of Iranian culture within an engaging and touching story.

The story is told using two time frames. The first is set in 1953 Tehran, Iran during a tumultuous time when future of that country would be influenced by a political coup. The second picks up in 2013 Boston and continues to follow the characters. The first half of the book
Connie G
"The Stationery Shop" opens with 77 year old Roya seeing Bahman, her former fiance who did not show up at their meeting place in Tehran on the day they were going to elope sixty years ago. This was the first time she had seen the politically active Bahman (who had supported Prime Minister Mosaddegh) since the fateful day of Mosaddegh's violent overthrow by the Shah in the 1953 Iranian coup d'etat. Roya went on to attend a small college in California, and live a totally different life in the Unit ...more
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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.

The Stationery Shop is a Boston Globe best-seller, an Indie Next Pick, Amazon Best Book of the Month, Editor's Top Pick from Real Simple magazin

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