The Stationery Shop

A Novel
Narrated by: Mozhan Marnò
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (548 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the award-winning author of Together Tea - a debut novel hailed as “compassionate, funny, and wise” by Jill Davis, best-selling 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, amid 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. 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 60 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. 

©2019 Marjan Kamali (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Mozhan Marnò gives an extraordinary narration of this audiobook... Marnò's expressive narration reveals every nuance of Roya's emotional journey.... Sensitive portrayals of Roya's family and friends, and vivid descriptions of Iranian food and customs, add depth to this moving listen." (AudioFile Magazine)

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History personified

After reading the book and realizing that it’s not just a love story but a chronology of of the events that have led to Iran’s geopolitical stance today. I was so impressed by the author’s story that I purchased & shared the audio version with my wife & granddaughter on a long trip from Myrtle Beach to NJ & back as evacuees during Hurricane Dorian.

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A story of young love beautifully depicted

Yet another outstanding performance by Mozhan Marnò, simply flawless! Mozhan Marnò’s performance can make any simple story a powerful one.

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Beautiful Story

Audio version — well narrated. I couldn’t stop listening ! Centers around one love story yet this is a story of many loves, types of love, of loves lost and sometimes refound and/or understood. All set in the backdrop of Iran in the 1950’s and fast forwards to 2013 in the U.S. Loved the short passage on “time” in one of the final chapters.

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A love story with many layers...

I was hooked fairly quickly and finished it within 2 days. I am so glad this book was recommended to me. Many societal issues from 1953 are seen played out yet today. I enjoyed the narration.

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great writing, predictable story

it must hurt to be so talented at turning a phrase and so gifted at conveying an emotion, yet so bereft of the ability to compose compelling story with an original plot. Kamali is a poor man's Khaled Housseini and should stick to 500 or less word articles.

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Underwhelmed...but made me hungry😉

To start with, this was one of the most depressing books I have read (listened to) since Goldfinch. The main characters experienced little if any joy from their lives, and they lived their lives by floating through the present with a fake persona. To wait until age 77 to come to terms with the loss of your teenage romance would be unreasonably torturous. It was disjointed, jumping from decade to decade, and the character development was weak at best. The introduction of Claire was the highlight of the book. That said, I enjoyed reading about Persian foods and learning more about the history of that time in Iran.

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This story filled my heart

I loved everything about this book: the story, the words that paint a vivid picture, the lyrical sentences, the perfect voice to read the story. Absolutely lovely.

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Grabs from the get go

I loved this book and couldn’t stop listening. From the very first lines, I knew this was a well-written book, and I was not disappointed. The descriptions, the dialogue, the characters..... you won’t be disappointed.

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Speechless

What an amazing book! It’s one of those books you cannot put down and when it’s over you think, “what now?”

It is extremely well written, the narration was the best I’ve heard and the storyline is intriguing. It’s a love story mixed with the decades of turmoil in Iran through the character’s eyes. All I can say is wow! I have found a new favorite author.

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magnificent

it was lyrical and romantic without being sappy. I learned so much about Iran and the human heart. I especially loved the tension: a woman can be in love with two people fully.