The Last Days of Cafe Leila (Hardcover)

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A beautifully written novel abouy three geneations from Tehran to America and back again. It's a story of home and family, but filled with cultural richness. Bonus...her decriptions of food will make you hungry. --Nancy

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This multi-generational family saga centers on a small neighborhood cafe in Tehran. The American educated daughter returns for a visit and finds vast cultural differences. The descriptions of food will make your mouth water.

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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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616205850
ISBN-10: 1616205857
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English