The Stationery Shop

The Stationery Shop

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 in kindly Mr. Fakhri’s neighborhood book and stationery shop. She always feels safe in his dusty store, overflowing with fountain pens, shiny ink bottles, and thick pads of soft writing paper.

When Mr. Fakhri, with a keen instinct for a budding romance, introduces Roya to his other favorite customer—handsome Bahman, who has a burning passion for justice and a love for Rumi’s poetry—she loses her heart at once. And, as their romance blossoms, the modest little stationery shop remains their favorite place in all of Tehran.

A few short months later, on the eve of their marriage, Roya agrees to meet Bahman at the town square, but suddenly, violence erupts—a result of the coup d’etat that forever changes their country’s future. In the chaos, Bahman never shows. For weeks, Roya tries desperately to contact him, but her efforts are fruitless. With a sorrowful heart, she resigns herself to never seeing him again.

Until, more than sixty years later, an accident of fate leads her back to Bahman and offers her a chance to ask him the questions that have haunted her for more than half a century: Why did he leave? Where did he go? How was he able to forget her?

The Stationery Shop is a beautiful and timely exploration of devastating loss, unbreakable family bonds, and the overwhelming power of love.

Title:The Stationery Shop
ISBN:9781982107482
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    The Stationery Shop Reviews

  • Jen

    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 w...

  • Elyse Walters

    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 devas...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    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 c...

  • Christine

    5 starsMy 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 Stationer...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    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 fi...

  • Esil

    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 a...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

    review to follow. This is a good book but I would classify it more as historical romance, there is little history in this book :(...

  • Stephanie Nicholas

    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 th...

  • Susan Johnson

    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 t...

  • RoseMary Achey

    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 i...