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The Last Days of Café Leila - A Novel-logo

The Last Days of Café Leila - A Novel

Donia Bijan

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 Café Leila, the restaurant her family has been running for three generations. Iran may have changed, but Café 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.

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 Café Leila, the restaurant her family has been running for three generations. Iran may have changed, but Café 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.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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 Café Leila, the restaurant her family has been running for three generations. Iran may have changed, but Café 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Deepti Gupta

Length:

10h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

28:17


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

28:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

52:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

28:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

28:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

21:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

18:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

12:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:42


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

26:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:20