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The Last Days of Café Leila: A Novel by [Bijan, Donia]
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The Last Days at Cafe Leila will engage all of your senses.This is the poignantly told story of a family and of the brilliant and beautiful culture of Persia, diminished but not destroyed. It is also a triumphant portrait of a woman making her way from apology to full-throated song. Elizabeth J. Church, author of The Atomic Weight of Love

A moving portrayal of love and loss in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution. Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan s Inheritance

Bijan s exquisitely rendered tale reminds us that the bonds of food, family, and most of all love make life worth living even at its darkest moments. A story worth savoring, sharing, and taking to heart. Jamie Brenner, author of The Wedding Sisters and The Forever Summer"

A glorious treat awaits you at the literary table of Donia Bijan. This debut novel has it all, a compelling story of family, faith and love told with a longing heart and an appetite for life beyond the small Iranian village where Noor's roots are planted and her wings were born. This intergenerational story, of a motherand her daughter, dramatized in the moment where it lives is afeast for the reader s senses and soul. What a stunning novel! Inspiring, evocative and emotionallysatisfying.
Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife

Within the captivating setting of a postrevolutionary Iran, Donia Bijan brings to life a family torn apart by loss, tragedy, and distance, whose abiding connections refuse to die. A sensitively conceived, beautifully written story.
Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter

Donia Bijan s exquisitely rendered tale reminds us that the bonds of food, family and most of all love make life worth living even at its darkest moments. A story worth savoring, sharing, and taking to heart.
Jamie Brenner, author of The Wedding Sisters and The Forever Summer

The Last Days at Cafe Leila will engage all of your senses.This is the poignantly told story of a family and of the brilliant and beautiful culture of Persia, diminished but not destroyed. It is also a triumphant portrait of a woman making her way from apology to full-throated song. Elizabeth J. Church, author of The Atomic Weight of Love

A moving portrayal of love and loss in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution. Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan s Inheritance

Bijan s exquisitely rendered tale reminds us that the bonds of food, family, and most of all love make life worth living even at its darkest moments. A story worth savoring, sharing, and taking to heart. Jamie Brenner, author of The Wedding Sisters and The Forever Summer"

-A glorious treat awaits you at the literary table of Donia Bijan. This debut novel has it all, a compelling story of family, faith and love told with a longing heart and an appetite for life beyond the small Iranian village where Noor's roots are planted and her wings were born. This intergenerational story, of a mother and her daughter, dramatized in the moment where it lives is a feast for the reader's senses and soul. What a stunning novel! Inspiring, evocative and emotionally satisfying.-
--Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife

-Within the captivating setting of a postrevolutionary Iran, Donia Bijan brings to life a family torn apart by loss, tragedy, and distance, whose abiding connections refuse to die. A sensitively conceived, beautifully written story.-
--Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter

-Donia Bijan's exquisitely rendered tale reminds us that the bonds of food, family and most of all love make life worth living even at its darkest moments. A story worth savoring, sharing, and taking to heart.-
--Jamie Brenner, author of The Wedding Sisters and The Forever Summer

-The Last Days at Cafe Leila will engage all of your senses. This is the poignantly told story of a family and of the brilliant and beautiful culture of Persia, diminished but not destroyed. It is also a triumphant portrait of a woman making her way from apology to full-throated song.- --Elizabeth J. Church, author of The Atomic Weight of Love

-A moving portrayal of love and loss in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution.- --Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan's Inheritance

-Bijan's exquisitely rendered tale reminds us that the bonds of food, family, and most of all love make life worth living even at its darkest moments. A story worth savoring, sharing, and taking to heart.- --Jamie Brenner, author of The Wedding Sisters and The Forever Summer

"A glorious treat awaits you at the literary table of Donia Bijan. This debut novel has it all, a compelling story of family, faith and love told with a longing heart and an appetite for life beyond the small Iranian village where Noor's roots are planted and her wings were born. This intergenerational story, of a mother and her daughter, dramatized in the moment where it lives is a feast for the reader's senses and soul. What a stunning novel! Inspiring, evocative and emotionally satisfying."
--Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife

"This lyrical debut novel, an immigrant saga and coming-of-age story, provides a tantalizing look at Iran pre- and post-revolution. Poignant and absorbing, the book explores the pull not only of family, but of the place we first call home."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Bijan has crafted a richly layered story of the deep connections within a family, resilient links that survive tragedy and distance."
--Booklist

"Within the captivating setting of a postrevolutionary Iran, Donia Bijan brings to life a family torn apart by loss, tragedy, and distance, whose abiding connections refuse to die. A sensitively conceived, beautifully written story."
--Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter

"The narrative nimbly leaps from one character to another and from past to present, revealing the much-appreciated backstory at just the right pace. Bijan, a native Iranian, writes of the beauty and customs of her homeland with fondness. She doesn't shy away from the intense political climate . . . and she perfectly captures the universal pleasure of cooking for others."
--BookPage

"In her debut novel, Iranian American chef and writer Donia Bijan stirs up a powerful, nourishing story of family, love and loss . . . a tribute to everyday resilience, love in the face of deep grief and the power of a good meal to nourish body and soul."
--Shelf Awareness

"Donia Bijan's exquisitely rendered tale reminds us that the bonds of food, family and most of all love make life worth living even at its darkest moments. A story worth savoring, sharing, and taking to heart."--Jamie Brenner, author of The Wedding Sisters and The Forever Summer

"The Last Days at Cafe Leila is a novel that will engage all of your senses and then make away with your heart, as well. This is the poignantly told story of a family - and of the brilliant and beautiful culture of Persia, diminished but not destroyed. It is the triumphant story of a woman making her way from apology to full-throated song."
--Elizabeth J. Church, author of The Atomic Weight of Love

"Donia Bijan's moving portrayal of love and loss in the aftermath of The Iranian Revolution will break your heart into a million pieces then nurse it back to health word by word, recipe by recipe, story by story."
--Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan's Inheritance

About the Author

Donia Bijan graduated from UC Berkeley and Le Cordon Bleu. After presiding over many of San Francisco's acclaimed restaurants and earning awards for her French-inspired cuisine, in 1994 she opened her own restaurant, L'amie Donia, in Palo Alto. She now divides her days between raising her son, teaching, and writing.

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  • File Size: 1150 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (April 18, 2017)
  • Publication Date: April 18, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JKHTMUC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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