The Last Days of Café Leila

The Last Days of Café Leila

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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A neighborhood caf ̌in Tehran is at the center of this powerful and transporting story of love, family, friendship, and homecoming told against the backdrop of Iran's rich, yet tragic, history. When Noor returns to her native Iran for the first time in thirty years, so much about her homeland is different. But Caf ̌Leila--the restaurant Noor's family has run for three generations--hasn't changed. Zod, Noor's father, is still at the caf'̌s helm, a much-loved patriarch offering laughter, solace, and nourishment to the makeshift family of regulars and waiters who call Caf ̌Leila home. With her discontented, very American teenage daughter, Lily, reluctantly at her side, Noor struggles to maintain a semblance of family life. But Tehran is a place of contradictions, where grace and brutal violence both have a foothold, and it's not long before rebellious Lily is caught up in both. As the novel folds back in time, stories emerge of Noor's ancestors, particularly of her mother, who was killed when Noor was a teenager. As past and present converge, Noor begins to understand her place in--and her responsibility to--this world and to the many souls who have sought refuge at the caf.̌ The Last Days of Caf ̌Leila is a powerful debut about the delicate, sometimes dangerous balance between history and progress, and the resilience of a family in the face of upheaval.
Publisher: [United States]: Algonquin Books , 2017
ISBN: 9781616207120
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Call Number: eBook


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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.


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