The Stationery Shop

The Stationery Shop

A novel set in 1953 Tehran against the backdrop of the Iranian Coup about a young couple in love who are separated on the eve of their marriage, and who are reunited sixty years later, after having moved on to live independent lives in America, to discover the truth about what happened on that fateful day in the town square....

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Title:The Stationery Shop
Author:Marjan Kamali
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Stationery Shop
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Stationery Shop Reviews

  • Crystal King
    Mar 19, 2019
    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...
  • Elyse  Walters
    Mar 18, 2019
    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 de...
  • Jennifer S. Brown
    Jan 22, 2019
    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 ...
  • Marialyce
    Jul 16, 2019
    Going to end this one and not finish. There is too much fiction and not enough historical for me, unfortunately. ...
  • Wendy
    Aug 05, 2019
    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 wri...
  • Mary Beth Keane
    Mar 07, 2019
    My heart was with these characters from beginning to end. A wonderful, engrossing, moving story. ...
  • Esil
    Jun 23, 2019
    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 t...
  • Marianne
    Sep 29, 2019
    ?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,...
  • Susan Johnson
    Jun 01, 2019
    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 bu...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    Jun 20, 2019
    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 se...
  • RoseMary Achey
    Mar 08, 2019
    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 ch...
  • Connie G
    Sep 16, 2019
    "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 Minis...
  • Lisa
    Sep 25, 2019
    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 w...
  • Phrynne
    Jan 15, 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...
  • Anna Luce
    Jun 20, 2019
    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 Stationary Shop there are glimpses of a talented writer, the w...
  • Karen
    Aug 31, 2019
    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 ...
  • Lynda
    Aug 31, 2019
    ?Everything happens for a reason?, or so the saying goes. But does it? Some believe fate is guiding our destiny and welcome it as a sign of where to go next. Fate is a comforting idea; it takes away our responsibility and sense of control. Others believe that there is no such...
  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
    Jul 09, 2019
    review to follow. This is a good book but I would classify it more as historical romance, there is little history in this book :( ...
  • Carolyn
    Sep 10, 2019
    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 Americ...
  • Anne Wolfe
    Mar 11, 2019
    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?...
  • Christine
    Jun 10, 2019
    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 2...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Aug 14, 2019
    ?The past was always there, lurking in the corners, winking at you when you thought you'd moved on, hanging on to your organs from the inside.? Roya is a bright seventeen-year old young woman that loves poetry and books. Mr. Fakhri's Stationary (and book) Store is her personal ...
  • Jen
    Jul 07, 2019
    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 cou...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Jun 29, 2019
    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...
  • Karis
    Jan 27, 2019
    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 co...
  • Joan Happel
    Jun 17, 2019
    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 fa...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Jun 15, 2019
    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 thin...
  • Gloria Arthur
    Aug 12, 2019
    4.5 What a beautiful and interesting story The Stationery Shop of Tehran is. I loved reading this so much, it's a historical mystery story of love and loss. It was so thought provoking reading about the culture in Iran and the Persian food sounded wonderful. The tale is set in tw...
  • Stephanie Nicholas
    Aug 16, 2019
    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 st...
  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
    Jan 18, 2020
    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 u...