• The Last Days of Café Leila

  • A Novel
  • By: Donia Bijan
  • Narrated by: Deepti Gupta
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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The Last Days of Café Leila

By: Donia Bijan
Narrated by: Deepti Gupta
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Publisher's summary

Set against the backdrop of Iran's rich, turbulent history, this exquisite debut novel is a powerful story of food, family, and a bittersweet homecoming.

When we first meet Noor, she is living in San Francisco, missing her beloved father, Zod, in Iran. Now, dragging her stubborn teenage daughter, Lily, with her, she returns to Tehran and to Cafe Leila, the restaurant her family has been running for three generations. Iran may have changed, but Cafe Leila, still run by Zod, has stayed blessedly the same - it is a refuge of laughter and solace for its makeshift family of staff and regulars.

As Noor revisits her Persian childhood, she must rethink who she is - a mother, a daughter, a woman estranged from her marriage and from her life in California. And together, she and Lily get swept up in the beauty and brutality of Tehran.

©2017 Donia Bijan (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Well developed characters weave a rich story. Sensuous food and flowers evoke taste and smell with a mastery rare in fiction. The characters' relationships and decisions stir me to continuing reflection on how I myself want to choose to live. A lavish story.

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