The force of this deeply affecting novel lies in the warmth of its characters - those who are forced to leave home and the forgotten ones who stay behind whose lives are deeply rooted to their homeland.
"Poignant and absorbing, The Last Days of Cafe Leila explores the pull not only of family, but of the place we first call home."
“The Last Days at Café Leila is a novel that will engage all of your senses and then make away with your heart, as well. This is the poignantly told story of a family – and of the brilliant and beautiful culture of Persia, diminished but not destroyed. It is the triumphant story of a woman making her way from apology to full-throated song.”
—Elizabeth J. Church, author of The Atomic Weight of Love
“Bijan has crafted a richly layered story of the deep connections within a family, resilient links that survive tragedy and distance.”
—Bridget Thorenson, Booklist
Donia Bijan is a Bay Area chef and author. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she attended the Cordon Bleu and ran her own restaurant, L’Amie Donia, for ten years. Her memoir, Maman’s Homesick Pie, was published in 2011.