Hedi Mueller


Hedi Mueller

Co Hosts

The Black Sparrow Embassy Theatre


The Black Sparrow Embassy Theatre
The Black Sparrow, Embassy Theatre 10 Majoribanks St, Mount Victoria, Wellington 6011, Wellington, New Zealand


Oct 29 - 30 2020


11:00 pm - 11:55 pm

Wellington’s October 2020 Girly Book Club

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?


We encourage you to buy local and support independent businesses! Otherwise, you can pick up the latest copy of the book below

Wheelers: https://www.wheelers.co.nz/books/9781982107499-stationery-shop-the/?query=the+stationery+shop

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Stationery-Shop-Marjan-Kamali/9781982107499?a_aid=Girlybookclub

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  1. Annalise says:

    Hi ladies,
    For those not on Facebook please comment below on which Saturday in December works best for you to come to High Tea and whether AM or PM. Feel free to list more than one Saturday if you are free for more than one of these days
    Your Wellington Hosts

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