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The Lion Women of Tehran

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The Lion Women of Tehran

In 1950s Tehran, seven-year-old Ellie lives in grand comfort until the untimely death of her father, forcing Ellie and her mother to move to a tiny home downtown. Luckily, on the first day of school, Ellie meets Homa, a kind, passionate girl with a brave and irrepressible spirit. Together, they play games, learn to cook in the stone kitchen of Homa’s warm home, wander through the colorful stalls of the Grand Bazaar, and share their ambitions for becoming “lion women.” But their happiness is disrupted when Ellie and her mother are afforded the opportunity to return to their previous bourgeois life. Now a popular student at the best girls’ high school in Iran, Ellie’s memories of Homa begin to fade. Years later, however, her sudden reappearance in Ellie’s privileged world alters the course of both of their lives.

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The Lion Women of Tehran
by Marjan Kamali

  • Publication Date: July 2, 2024
  • Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • ISBN-10: 1668036584
  • ISBN-13: 9781668036587


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