The Last Days of Cafe Leila

The Last Days of Cafe Leila

Large Print - 2017
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"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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Kennebec Large Print, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432839598
1432839594
Characteristics: 469 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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sandratm
Nov 28, 2017

I enjoyed the complex, real people of this story. These are stand-in for the real people who try to live their lives under extremist regimes. It was a good story, well written with characters you could care about. They weren't immune from the terrible things going on around them, they survived them and stayed true to their ideals. Set in a cafe with a decades old reputation, food woven into their every day life and celebrations as a reflection of their love and care for each other.
The author, a Cordon Bleu trained Chef has also written a cookbook. That might make interesting reading as well.

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