Catherine R
Catherine R




Lincoln Park Conservatory

Lincoln Park Conservatory

Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago, IL, USA

Picnic in Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago, IL, USA

Book Club Starts
August 17th at 2 PM

Let’s read in the park. Bring your current August’s club book or any other reading materials. This is an excuse to have a picnic in the park. Feel free to bring a blanket and a snack to share.

We can meet in front of the Lincoln Park Conservatory at 2 PM and choose a good spot. There are free accessible bathrooms in the park as well. We can go afterwards for a cocktail if we’d like.

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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