The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

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. S...

Details The Stationery Shop

TitleThe Stationery Shop
Release DateJun 18th, 2019
PublisherGallery Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Cultural, Iran

Reviews The Stationery Shop

  • 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 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 h...
  • 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 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!-Fres...
  • 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 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 y...
  • 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 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, a...
  • 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 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 c...
  • 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 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 int...
  • 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 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...
  • Jennifer S. Brown
    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 ap...
  • 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...
  • Joan Happel
    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...
  • Karis
    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 convey...
  • 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 ...
  • Mary Beth Keane
    My heart was with these characters from beginning to end. A wonderful, engrossing, moving story.
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    Full Review on The Candid CoverThe Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali is a book that stays with you long after reading. This historical fiction is a love story that starts during the 1953 Iranian coup d’état. Roya and Bahman are fantastic characters and the cultural aspects of their lives are enjoyable to read about.Having not learned much about the history of Iran in the 1950s, this book is a real eye-opener to the events that lead to the ousti...
  • Jim
    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 he...
  • Staci
    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...
  • Jenifer
    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 t...
  • Carrie Nellis Crisp
    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...
  • 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 m...
  • 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 Stationary 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 th...
  • Susan
    What a lovely, heartbreaking story of love and broken trust, of promises and obligation. Marjan Kamali writes with such tenderness, there were moments I felt like I was listening to her telling the story of Roya and Bahman to only me, her light touches making the story of a missed connection and the lifetimes of love and loss that much more poignant. Magical.
  • Shabnam Curtis
    The Stationary Shop is a beautiful story gently taking the reader through love and the true meaning of LOVE. It shows, how a flame of passion never dies through ups and downs of passing time but parallel affection could be created to get the lonely lover through toughness of life. A beautiful love story! But there is more to it....Kamali has a sharp view on political situation as well as cultural-social injustice in Iran. The dictatorship, oppres...
  • Madeline
    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 relati...
  • Anne Wolfe
    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 "sou...
  • Sarah Ames-Foley
    3.5 ⭐ RTC 3.5 ⭐️ RTC
  • Devyn
    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 miser...
  • Kathy
    This was a very interesting read. Not being overly familiar with the history of Iran, it was compelling. This book spans 60 years or so going between Tehran and the US. Politics aside, it was a beautiful look at young love, heartbreak and romance. It also was very interesting to see the dynamics of different families and couples. Contrasting class, religion, ethnicity, political views, mental illness, loss of love, loss of country and loss of lif...
  • Whitney Werling
    This book was beautiful, plain and simple. I loved it so much I purposefully took longer to read it because I just didn't want to get to the end. This will definitely be one of my favorite reads of the year! The writing just totally drew me into a story about 2 teenagers falling in love in Iran, a country I knew very little about, but came to care about so much. I love a book that explores the history and choices of the characters and how it can ...
  • Louise
    Is your first love the best love, the one that will hold your heart and imagination even as you live a different life than you ever imagined, in a different country, a different world than the one you ever dreamed possible? If you are to believe the premise and the promise of the story of The Stationery Shop, it is. When you are young, your identity is so raw, so open, so malleable that the forces of family, politics, sexual attraction, and cultu...