A Heartbreaking Story of Lost Love Wall Street Journal An exciting and melancholy historical novel about love, loss and fate, which moves in the space between the United States of today and Tehran during the days of the Iranian coup in the 1950s. Roya, a dreamy idealistic young woman, finds a literary paradise in the charming Mr. Fakhri's shop bursting with books, inkwells and fountain pens. The seller with a romantic soul introduces Roya to his favorite customer, the handsome Bahman, a boy with a well-developed sense of justice who oozes love for Rumi's poetry, and Roya is immediately captivated by his charm. A few months later, on the eve of their wedding, the coup d'état breaks out. During the riots Bahman disappeared and Roya was unable to contact him for a long time. Heartbroken, she moves to California, marries someone else and moves on with her life. Sixty years later, the hand of fate reunites her with Bahman, and she can finally ask him the questions that have troubled her peace of mind all her life: why did he leave her, where did he go and how did he manage to forget her when she never managed to forget him? Against the background of the dusty alleys that are alive with the passion of the struggle of the young people of Tehran, Marjan Kamali skillfully and delicately weaves a touching and tragic love story, surrounded by the scents of jasmine, rose water and spices. Marjan Kamali was born in Turkey to Iranian parents and lived in Turkey, Iran, Germany, Kenya and the United States. She currently lives in Boston. The stationery store in Tehran ignited the imagination of many readers around the world, and it is even being adapted these days into a television series on the HBO network.