Patricia Oleson
Patricia Oleson



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Acadia, 1303 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212, USA

Portland’s October Girly Book Club

Acadia, 1303 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212, USA

Book Club Starts
October 29th at 6:30 PM

Note: Keeping with an October theme, I thought Cajun food would be a fun idea! Acadia is willing to host us, they are an intimate neighborhood bistro serving Cajun-Creole fare in a sophisticated space and quiet space. I went their personally to check out the ‘heat’ situation and they work with lots of savory spices without the heat. They also have small salad plates and a great wine selection.

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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Acadia, 1303 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212, USA


  1. Louisa Xavier says:

    Hi there! I’m new to the club and have been hoping to come for months now. I’ve finally registered and am looking forward to my first book club meeting! Can’t wait to meet everyone and meet new people. 🙂

  2. Denise says:

    Please let me know if a space becomes available 10/29 please.

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