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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (593 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meg Mullins Narrator: Bill Camp Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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Isolated and far from his native Iran, Ushman Khan has worked hard to build a wealthy, reliable clientele for his wares: exquisite hand-woven rugs from his home city of Tabriz. With perfect rectitude, he caters to clients like New York's Upper East Side grand dame Mrs. Roberts, who plies him for stories about his exotic origins and culture to feed her own imagination. But like many immigrants, he's living only half a life. He dreams of the day his beloved wife, Farak, will be able to join him in New York and complete his vision of the American dream. But when she tells him that she is leaving him for another man, Ushman is shattered. He begins to wander aimlessly through the terminals of JFK Airport, imagining a now-impossible reunion with Farak.

Unexpectedly, he meets Stella, a Barnard College student who has just bade farewell to her parents en route for an Italian vacation. After Stella, isolated in her own way, finds herself at Ushman's Manhattan store, they embark on an improbable and powerful romance. Together this American girl from the Deep South and the Iranian aesthete form a tender bond that awakens them both to the possibility of joy in a world full of tragedy. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 theresa | 1/31/2014

    " This was a tremendously quick read. The story is not complex but the author achieves the goal of telling a love story that doesn't have a chance. The character development really brought the story to life. I had to keep reminding myself that they were not sitting next to me on the train. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 1/26/2014

    " This book was OK I enjoyed the author making me think about the mixing of two cultures and then adding youth and age to a romantic interlude. The story line was believable and written in a way that you could plug any two diffrent characters and likely end up with the same results as those of the book.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dylan Derflinger | 1/25/2014

    " Icky. Don't read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/19/2014

    " I was disappointed in the ending of this book - the tale is rich in character, and I really enjoyed the descriptions of the rugs, being the textile head I am, and there was no way not to appreciate Usman, in his awkward life, but the end was just so . . . tidy. I can't even really suggest another path that might have been more satisfying to me. Perhaps that is the difficulty in a character driven story - life goes on, even after the final sentence. That truth makes it hard to have a satisfying conclusion - Usman, Stella, Mrs. Roberts - no matter where the author left them, you know they have to get up in the morning, shower and eat and go about the day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/17/2014

    " I really liked this book. It is the story of the unexpected romance between an immigrant rug merchant and a privileged college student. I am struggling to learn what we as Americans can do to better integrate immigrants into our country; this novel dealt with that question. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stella_bee | 1/17/2014

    " beautifully written, strong characters, rich in details & plot but gosh... i wish i could love the ending >.< "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Candace | 12/21/2013

    " Blah. I don't understand the hype that this book created. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/13/2013

    " Lyrical and insightful. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eden | 12/9/2013

    " I totally loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ktdeleon deleon | 12/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed this "Slice of Life." The characters pulled me in and the story brought me back to a time in my youth. A nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie D | 11/19/2013

    " Engaging/easy read, and refreshing perspective on American Culture (as well as Iranian culture) from point of view of non-militant Muslim. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kieran Walsh | 11/14/2013

    " really easy read and a little sloppy in its romance but the idea was nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liliana | 10/17/2013

    " It is one of the most realistic romantic novels I've read in a very long time. It made me cry and made me look at romance through the eyes of a guy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 7/23/2013

    " What would a woman named Meg Mullins know about the experiences and innermost thoughts of a middle-aged male Iranian immigrant? Nothing, it turns out. This book is trite and written by someone who hasn't lived long enough to spout the truisms that fill the pages. Embarrassing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wickovski Steve | 5/13/2013

    " a nice story of love between two unlikely people "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/30/2013

    " I picked this up on vacation from a review that the book store owner in Duck, North Carolina had written on an index card. Really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 1/4/2013

    " Very moving and the language was gorgeous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 10/5/2012

    " USHMAN is a lonely Iranian... The story evolves nicely. A great read for all you lonely peeps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 8/18/2012

    " I loved this book, lived this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adelemarie | 7/2/2012

    " Explores an unlikely romance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanya | 6/23/2012

    " I thought the book was ok, but I just didn't buy the relationship. And the way the author wrote the character of Ushman was so distanced that it was difficult for me to understand why these women were attracted to him... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 6/17/2012

    " Very touching book. This is a book I will keep and read again. I love the conversations he has with Stella and the interplay between what he says and what he is thinking. I love that this is written by a woman but you forget that because it seems as if it has been written by a man. Lovely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/21/2011

    " Quirky, but a good read. Insight into Iranian lifestyle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyote4me | 9/24/2011

    " This audio book is well-written and has a touching story with both sadness and hope. Not a "page-turner" but well-worth reading about two-people, each learning to live in entirely different worlds (cultures and life-changing events). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Byebye | 7/16/2011

    " The last 5 or 10 pages could have been left out all together, but I saw bits and pieces of all my past relationships. It was a really quick read too. I started and finished it between O'hare and PDX. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/8/2011

    " Lyrical and insightful. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 9/29/2010

    " Very much enjoyed the story and the lyrical writing. Excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanya | 8/17/2010

    " I thought the book was ok, but I just didn't buy the relationship. And the way the author wrote the character of Ushman was so distanced that it was difficult for me to understand why these women were attracted to him... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 7/27/2010

    " I liked this book, till I got to the ending. Still a good story. I just thought Ushman would end up happy with the young girl. Maybe that is the romantic in me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 7/2/2010

    " This is a book about finding connections, and sharing pain and joy. The tone is gentle and melancholy. I enjoyed the writing very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 5/4/2010

    " This elegant little book is a real gem. It sparkles, it dazzles, and it satisfies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Byebye | 2/19/2010

    " The last 5 or 10 pages could have been left out all together, but I saw bits and pieces of all my past relationships. It was a really quick read too. I started and finished it between O'hare and PDX. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 2/16/2010

    " I liked learning more about Iranian culture, and the conflict of an Iranian man building a life in the US, but overall not one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ika | 11/3/2009

    " a lil bit boring for me "

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