Paris’ October 2020 Girly Book Club – Cancelled
Le D'Argout, 69 Rue d'Argout, 75002 Paris, France
Note: Hi! And welcome!! We generally sit towards the back of the venue. It’s not a large place. We will have a copy of the book on the table or a GBC sign and we’ll probably spot you 😉. We meet from 7:00-9:00pm and have drinks, snacks or eat dinner together (you’re not required to eat). The venue this month is wine/tapas oriented and has reasonable priced options. We are casual and love welcoming new members so give us a try!😊 Bénédicte, a wonderful co-host (blonde hair), will be hosting this month. If you speak with the restaurant staff the reservation will be in the name Bénédicte Mahé. Please do wear your mask when entering the restaurant.
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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