Frankie's Modern Diner

Frankie's Modern Diner

Frankie's Modern Diner 910 Government St #38, Victoria, BC V8W 1X3910

Victoria’s August Girly Book Club

Frankie's Modern Diner 910 Government St #38, Victoria, BC V8W 1X3910

Book Club Starts
August 29th at 7 PM

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?


Frankie's Modern Diner 910 Government St #38, Victoria, BC V8W 1X3910


  1. Kim Robertson says:

    I am a new member but hope to attend the next meet up in August.

    • Nicole Wallace says:

      We haven’t had our July meeting yet, it is next week. Come this month if you can, even if you haven’t read the book!

      • Kim Robertson says:

        HI. I just paid for my ticket to the next meeting. How do I know you are the girly book club?

        • Vanessa says:

          Just ask the hostess when you enter Frankie’s Diner – we are the only book club there this Thursday 🙂 It‘s usually the large table at the back of the restaurant. See you there!

  2. Amanda says:

    New member Looking forward to the meetup this month!

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