This joint virtual reading - Maya Shanbhag Lang with a memoir, Marjam Kamali with a novel - brings to Elliott Bay, and our readers, two women with worldly stories to tell. Maya Shanbhag Lang, known previously for her excellent fiction, received considerable praise for What We Carry (Dial Press), a memoir of finding her accomplished physician mother caught in the grip of Alzheimer’s.
“Maya Shanbhag Lang thought she knew her capable physician-mother, but when Alzheimer’s hit her mother early, Lang found herself adrift in a sea of unwelcome truths and ambiguous loss. Anyone facing the ordeal of caregiving, with all its love, loss, and unexpected gifts, will be inspired by this searing and extraordinary memoir.”—Katy Butler.
Marjan Kamali follows up her well-received first novel, Together Tea, with her newest, The Stationery Shop (Gallery). “Spanning decades and continents, Marjan Kamali’s richly imagined novel immerses us in the blossoming love affair between two Iranian teenagers, set against the political upheaval of 1950s Tehran. Evocative, devastating, and hauntingly beautiful, The Stationery Shop explores love’s power to transcend time and distance—and the ways fate can tear people apart and bring them back together. This book broke my heart again and again.”– Whitney Scharer." (Promo Copy)