Suzanne Nuyen
Suzanne Nuyen




Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Ave NW, D.C., DC 20036, USA

Washington’s August Girly Book Club

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Ave NW, D.C., DC 20036, USA

Book Club Starts
August 29th at 6:30 PM

We are at the reading room up the stairs by the children’s section. Ask a bookseller if you need help! If you want food, come early and order at the bar to bring upstairs. We will also have a book swap this month so bring any gently used books with you.

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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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Just leaving my name for the waitlist. Thanks! (Elizabeth Hourani)

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    Leaving my name (Liana Bethala) for the waitlist. Thank you!

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    Also putting myself on the wait list. Thanks!

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    Putting my name on the wait list. Thanks!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Hi! Leaving my name for the waitlist. Thank you!

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