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Darya has discovered the perfect gift for her daughter's 25th birthday: an ideal husband. Mina, however, is fed up with her mother's endless matchmaking and grading of available Iranian American bachelors.

After Darya's last ill-fated attempt to find Mina a husband, mother and daughter embark on a journey to Iran, where the two women gradually begin to understand each other. But after Mina falls for a young man who never appeared on her mother's spreadsheets and Darya is tempted by an American musician, will this mother and daughter's tender appreciation for each other survive?

©2013 Marjan Kamali (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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Astonishingly Deep, Intense, Beautiful!

I must admit that I had fairly low expectations going into this book. I thought it'd be one of my shameful treats (Fair warning: Reviews of "Stay" and "Dogs Aren't Men" coming. See? Shameful treats!). I expected light writing, adequately developed characters, and not much in the way of plot.
How different this turned out to be. A young woman, trapped between the world of Iran she grew up in and the America she seems to be floundering in. A mother who desperately misses her life in Iran and who feels frustration about stagnation, fear that her children are wholly foreign to her, and who misses the life she could've had. Not your usual mother/daughter story.
What I really enjoyed, if you can call it that, is the second part of the book that deals with their past in Tehran. I was a pup during the whole Iran Revolution/Hostage Crisis/Iran-Iraq War, so this was a history, a painting of life that put faces to the whole thing. It added a sense of fear, horror and heartbreak that we, those far away from any crisis, seem smugly not to notice or think about. It was so well-developed!
And who gives a narrator, for heaven's sake, 5 stars? I do! Because Negin Farsad was icing on a pretty terrific cake. She doesn't make the mistake of turning men into nothing but low, growly voices. She just reads them, their words, with warmth and emotion.
This is a wonderful, wonderful book that I'll be using another credit for... 'cause I know my mom would love it. Mothers and Daughters? We're just that way, aren't we?

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Very Enjoyable

After listening to Stationary Shop, I was yearning for another one of Ms. Kamali novels and came upon Together Tea. I enjoyed both of these novels very much. It gave a interesting insight into Iranian customs and history. I hope she continues to write about her culture.

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Bringing Back Memories

What did you love best about Together Tea?

This book was so well written. A lot of attention was given to enlightening the reader as to cultural values in Iran...Some of which are brought to America by Persians now living here. I was born and lived in the Middle East until I was 10 years old. My family would travel to Iran on vacation. This book awakened those memories of smells, flavors, sounds..etc.

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Beautiful

If you could sum up Together Tea in three words, what would they be?

Beautiful.
Charming.
Enlightening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Together Tea?

All of the scenes in Iran were so well painted by the author. Though I will never likely see Tehran myself, it was enjoyable to be brought into the country and culture through her words. A much different picture than our media has depicted.

What does Negin Farsad bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Being unfamiliar with Iranian ways of speaking myself, Farsad was able to add that dimension perfectly, creating a fuller story for me. The accents and tones were so beautifully executed.

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beautiful

Beautiful, moving, very relatable...I will definitely recommend this book to friends and family. Spoke to my heart

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Wonderful story

I didn’t like the Persian accent at all as it sounded more Indian than Persian.

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Wonderful, fun, insightful

As a child of two countries myself, I really loved all the cultural insights. I immediately was drawn to the wonderful characters, it was delightful to spend time with them.

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One of my favorite authors...

Love this book.
It is about Darya and Mina (Mother-daughter relationship).
Learned about the Iranian culture. Felt that I was there living what Mina was experiencing.
Liked very much the Mom’s character.

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Sweet story, but The Stationary Shop has my heart.

I listened to this book during my afternoon walks. It was easy to follow, and the reader did a great job doing different voices and accents. I laughed out loud several times throughout. Though the novel did start off strong, I feel that the conflicts got somewhat resolved in a quick, flat way. I wanted more juicy drama between Daria and Sam. The trip to Iran was fun but also, I don't know, I was wishing for more. I read The Stationary Shop first and was so excited for this novel. TSS, in my opinion, was a beautiful story, that broke my heart and has this one beat. It was a good light-hearted story, overall.

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A marvelous surprise

I was not prepared for this book.
This story is completely different than one I normally would select.
This was an absolute gift.
As I am the same age as the main character, it may have had more of an impact to me personally. As she went through the late 70’s onward, I kept comparing my life experience with how utterly different hers was.
Staying up late into the night, I was absorbed in this wonderful story.
The tree scene....so much emotion in this single moment.
Please, listen to this fantastic book, the narrator was great. When we meet people, we simply don’t know their lives, what they go through, what they have seen, or lived through.
Empathy. Kindness. Such simple things, we need more.