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"The Last Days of Café 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 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. When Noor returns to her native Iran for the first time in thirty years, so much about her homeland is different. But Café Leila--the restaurant Noor's family has run for three generations--hasn't changed. Zod, Noor's father, is still at the café's helm, a much-loved patriarch offering laughter, solace, and nourishment to the makeshift family of regulars and waiters who call Café Leila home.

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Donia Bijan

Donia Bijan is a Bay Area chef and author. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she attended the Cordon Bleu in Paris and ran her own restaurant, L'Amie Donia, in Palo Alto, for ten years. Her well-acclaimed memoir, "Maman's Homesick Pie", was published in 2011. Her novel, "The Last Days of Café Leila", will be released in April 2017 by Algonquin Books.

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