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The Last Days of Café Leila
by Donia Bijan


Overview - "A glorious treat awaits you at the literary table of Donia Bijan." --Adriana Trigiani

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.
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Overview
"A glorious treat awaits you at the literary table of Donia Bijan." --Adriana Trigiani

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.

Bijan's vivid, layered story, at once tender and elegant, funny and sad, weaves together the complexities of history, domesticity, and loyalty and, best of all, transports readers to another culture, another time, and another emotional landscape.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616205850
  • ISBN-10: 1616205857
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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