The Last Days of Café Leila

The Last Days of Café Leila

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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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. Bijan's vivid, layered story weaves together the complexities of history, domesticity, and loyalty, transporting readers to another culture, another time, and another emotional landscape.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Kennebec Large Print, a part of Gale, Company, ©2017.
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432839598
Characteristics: 469 pages ;,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.

SquamishLibraryStaff Aug 09, 2017

An excellent book, and a must read. A delicious read about the Cafe Leila, and the quirky owner and staff members. Set in Tehran, Iran, the book is equal parts heartwarming, and heart-rending. Wonderfully written, and a must read. Be warned, after reading about some of the savoury and sweet meals served at the Cafe Leila, you will be reading this book with a rumble in your stomach. Have some snacks ready

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