When Josh first mentioned we should finally take that Boston trip we had been discussing for the last two years, he sold it to me like the true businessman that he is by paying close attention to his client. “We can go to bookstores and coffee shops while we’re there. I’ve seen a lot of interesting stores.” Obviously I was sold instantly.
Boston was probably the first real trip I have ever taken where I truly allowed for no touristy plans to be made in advance. With the exception of going to yoga and seeing a friend from Namibia, our week was free to do whatever we desired. I must say, it was a trip that was so good for both of our souls and shed so much light on our future dreams and goals.
While there, Josh kept his promise and took me to so many good bookstores, my favorite being Harvard Book Store. Never have I ever seen such an amazing selection of new releases! My bibliophile self was in awe. Unfortunately because of money, space, and other books already purchased, I settled for only one piece of Indie fiction. The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali.
For starters, the cover is GORGEOUS, and I knew I would love it based on that alone. Based in Tehran, Iran and Boston, Massachusetts, the story follows the life of Roya, a teenager obsessed with literature and pens, and Bahman, a teen, political activist fighting for change in Iran.
When the two meet in the stationery shop of Mr. Fakhri, there is an instant connection that leads the two into a relationship that will live with them for the rest of their lives. As they navigate parental expectations, country turmoil, and societal classifications, the two develop a love that is unbreakable. That is until Bahman makes a promise to meet Roya and never shows up. In fact, he sends word following their assigned meeting that leaves her more confused than before.
If you are a sucker for love, culture, and great writing, The Stationery Shop will draw you in and leave you wanting more. With a love story that could trump the Notebook and cultural references that leave you wanting to pack a bag and explore Iran, Kamali creates magic with her words.