"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"--… (more)
We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time. —T.S. Eliott, from "Little Gidding"
For Mitchell and Luca
Zod marked time by the postman's arrival, usually by four p.m., quarter past at the latest, except on Fridays when he didn't come at all. [Prologue]
There isn't much certainty to anything, but this much I know, that the trees will bloom every spring and the rooms where we grew up will smell of clean sheets and furniture polish, that the pipes will rattle no matter who washes, and that someone will still buy groceries, light the stove, cook our meals, and we will never be short of company. [Epilogue]