‘The Stationery Shop’ by Marjan Kamali

This is a unique story set in 1953 Tehran against the backdrop of the Iranian Coup. It’s about a young couple in love who are separated on the eve of their marriage, and who are reunited sixty years later, after both have moved on to live independent lives in America. It’s a sweeping romantic tale of thwarted love amidst the chaos of unrest. There’s really not enough information to classify it as historical fiction, although it does give a flavour of that place during that time.

The novel begins very effectively at the end of the story, when Roya and Bahman meet again, begging the question of what happened all those years ago. As the author flashes back, the story slowly unfolds. Why did these young lovers fail to meet up? How did they manage to find each other again so late in life? What was the truth in the tale and what deceptions may have been at play? Despite being a bit tedious and occasionally cliché, I really liked this book. I did feel hugely sorry for one character, and it’s not who you might think.

2 responses to “‘The Stationery Shop’ by Marjan Kamali

  1. Hi Joanne: Its Ru. Here are some recommendations that came my way. Have you read? I just put your latest on hold at South Commons. Looking forward to taking it on my trip to NZ.

    Harley turns 2 today!!

    Read some amazing books. Top of the list: *The Moth Snowstorm* by Micheal McCarthy & Ilia Delio’s “*Making All Things New”*

    On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 7:52 AM Joanne’s Reading Blog wrote:

    > Joanne Booy posted: “This is a unique sweet story set in 1953 Tehran > against the backdrop of the Iranian Coup. It’s about a young couple in love > who are separated on the eve of their marriage, and who are reunited sixty > years later, after both have moved on to live independen” >

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