Saskatoon’s October 2020 Girly Book Club
Boston Pizza, Bay Street, Parry Sound, ON, Canada
New Member Induction at 5:30 PM
We’re happy to have you! New members are always welcome at every meeting, but this month we will be holding a new member induction! If it’s your first time at book club, join us at 5:30 PM where our friendly, approachable host will welcome you into our meeting with a gracious hello and introduce you to fellow GBC members, so you’ll be making friends quickly!
Note: This will be the last in person meet before going virtual for the winter. If it is a warm day we will try the patio first and move indoors if ladies are uncomfortable. Please dress warm.
This month we’re taking on a different kind of historical fiction with Marjan Kamali’s The Stationery Shop, described as a “poignant, heartfelt novel… that explores loss, reconciliation, and the quirks of fate.”
Roya, a dreamy, idealistic teenager living amid the political upheaval of 1953 Tehran, finds a literary oasis in kindly Mr. Fakhri’s neighborhood stationery shop, stocked with books and pens and bottles of jewel-colored ink.
Then Mr. Fakhri, with a keen instinct for a budding romance, introduces Roya to his other favorite customer—handsome Bahman, who has a burning passion for justice and a love for Rumi’s poetry—and she loses her heart at once. Their romance blossoms, and the little stationery shop remains their favorite place in all of Tehran.
A few short months later, on the eve of their marriage, Roya agrees to meet Bahman at the town square when violence erupts—a result of the coup d’etat that forever changes their country’s future. In the chaos, Bahman never shows. For weeks, Roya tries desperately to contact him, but her efforts are fruitless. With a sorrowful heart, she moves on—to college in California, to another man, to a life in New England—until, more than sixty years later, an accident of fate leads her back to Bahman and offers her a chance to ask him the questions that have haunted her for more than half a century: Why did you leave? Where did you go? How is it that you were able to forget me?
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