The Last Days of Café Leila

The Last Days of Café Leila

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"When Noor returns to her native Iran for the first time in thirty years, with her very American daughter, Lily, so much about her homeland is different. But Café Leila--the restaurant Noor's family has run for three generations--hasn't changed. A neighborhood café 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"--
Published: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616205850
Branch Call Number: F BIJ
Characteristics: 292 pages ;,24 cm


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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.

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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