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Book Club Favorites Pick: The Stationary Shop

In her poignant new novel, award-nominated author Marjan Kamali tells a heartfelt tale of lost love.
Posted on Feb 5, 2020 | 05:00pm
By Simon Diamond Cramer

Amid the chaotic politics of 1953 Tehran, the dreamy teenager Roya finds peace amid the rainbow of jewel-toned inks at Mr. Fakhri's neighborhood stationery shop—and soon finds more when he introduces her to another favorite customer. The handsome Bahman's poetic soul and passion for justice captivate her instantly, and a romance blossoms in their shared literary oasis.

Just a few months later, on the eve of their marriage, a historic coup plunges Iran into violence, and Bahman vanishes in the chaos. For weeks, Roya tries desperately to find him until at last, despondent, she moves on to a new life, and a new man, in America. As this heartbreaking story unfolds in The Stationary Shop, we discover that more than sixty years later, fate brings her back to him, giving her another chance to ask him the questions that have haunted her for so long: Why did you leave? Where did you go? And how could you forget me?

Read and discuss The Stationary Shop by author Marjan Kamali all month long! Get reading group guide via the official book page.

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