Together Tea by Marjan Kamali

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She creates empathy for a people forced to live one life in public and another privately.
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In Together Tea, Marjan Kamali’s delightful and heartwarming debut novel, Darya has discovered the perfect gift for her daughter’s twenty-fifth birthday: an ideal husband. Mina, however, is fed up with her mother’s years of endless matchmaking and the spreadsheets grading available Iranian-American bachelors. Having spent her childhood in Tehran and the rest of her life in New York City, Mina has experienced cultural clashes firsthand, but she’s learning that the greatest clashes sometimes happen at home.

After a last ill-fated attempt at matchmaking, mother and daughter embark on a return journey to Iran. Immersed once again in Persian culture, the two women gradually begin to understand each other. But when Mina falls for a young man who never appeared on her mother’s matchmaking radar, will Mina and Darya’s new-found appreciation for each other survive?

Together Tea is a moving and joyous debut novel about family, love, and finding the place you truly belong.

 

About Marjan Kamali

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Marjan Kamali has an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. Her work has been a top finalist in Glimmer Train's Fiction Open and the Asian American Short Story Contest. She currently lives in the Boston area with her husband and two children.
 
Published May 21, 2013 by Ecco. 338 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Apr 29 2013

She creates empathy for a people forced to live one life in public and another privately.

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on Feb 25 2013

Sparkling dialogue and warm characters make Kamali’s debut novel perfect for book clubs.

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