We are excited to tell you that our March 2020 Book Club selection is The Stationery Shop, and our discussion will be enhanced by the presence of the author, Marjan Kamali!
About The Stationery Shop:
In the midst of the 1953 Iranian coup d’etat, teenagers Roya and Bahman find literary oasis and first-love in the small, dusty neighborhood stationery shop. Then on the eve of their wedding, they are set to meet at the town square, but when violence suddenly erupts—a result of the coup d’état that forever changes their country’s future—Bahman never shows. Fate reunited the first loves after sixty years, giving Roya a chance to ask Bahman the questions that have haunted her for more than half a century. Exploring timely issues of immigration and cultural assimilation as well as everlasting themes of first love and heartbreak, THE STATIONERY SHOP will bring readers to tears (of joy) as it demonstrates the quirks of fate.
About the Author:
Marjan Kamali, born in Turkey to Iranian parents, spent her childhood in Kenya, Germany, Turkey, Iran, and the United States. She holds degrees from UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and New York University. Her work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in two anthologies: Tremors and Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been. An excerpt from The Stationery Shop was published in Solstice Literary Magazine and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut novel Together Tea was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, an NPR WBUR Good Read, and a Target Emerging Author Selection. Marjan lives with her husband and two children in the Boston area.
NOTE: The book is available now in hardback, but will publish in paperback on February 11.