1. Leni and her family had a fresh start in Alaska. Given the challenging landscape, do you think that they were going to survive in that harsh climate? Who do you think would be able to handle it, and what survival skills or kind of person do you think would be most adaptable to survive? Is Leni or Cora a survivor?
2. The novel is set in the 1970s America. Why do you think author Hannah chose that period? How do the political and social factors mould the story line?
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1. The book is an epistolary genre, consisting of a series letters corresponded between the characters to form the story line. Did you enjoy this kind of storytelling? How effective was it in telling the story? What are the pros and cons of writing in this manner?
2. The members of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society were not experienced with literary societies and made their rules as they went along. They took turns in discussing the book that they read, and then it evolved into more of a discussion when another member read the same book. Discuss literary societies in the past and compare them to today’s book clubs. What similarities can be drawn? How are they different? Continue reading “The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society Book Club Discussion Questions”→
1. In chapter 6, Sharp Is The Knife, And Sudden Is The Stroke, Ada’s grandmother dies and Wentworth estate goes to Lady Annabella Byron. Lady Byron’s annual income increased from five hundred pounds to four thousand five hundred pounds. Ada notes of her mother’s generosity in giving her aunt Augusta game from the estate, then and going forward. Later, Lord Byron dies and Ada’s mother gives the new Lord Byron two thousand pounds per annum.
Why do you think that Ada says? “I have always been proud of my mother for her generosity, even though as I regretted that she had not offered it more frequently to me.”
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1. What part did Eilis’ sister, Rose Lacey, play in the decision for Eilis to emigrate? Given that Eilis’ three brothers immigrated to Birmingham, England, there was no work in Ireland, and Rose was the surrogate father and breadwinner, was it inevitable that Eilis should emigrate?
2. Before Eilis set off to America from Enniscorthy, she had sensed that people who emigrated there could become rich and lived there happily. What are the reasons behind this preconception? What are Eilis first impressions of America? Continue reading “Brooklyn Book Club Discussion Questions”→
1. The epigraph is a quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “Doubt thou the stars are fire; / Doubt thou the sun doth move; / Doubt truth to be a liar; / But never doubt I love.” What does it mean? What does it have to do with the novel it introduces?
1. Do you feel, after reading this book, that most people hide their “True Colors” in order not to hurt the feelings of other people?
2.Do you feel you know the “True Colors” of your own family members and close friends and do you question them in your own mind? Do you ever question your own “True Colors” and do you want to change your life at times to improve your opinions of other people? Continue reading “True Colors Book Club Discussion Questions”→
1.The book starts off in 1988 with First Brother’s recounting his dream and A-ma saying “No coincidence, no story”. What are the main coincidences in The Tea Girl of HummingBird Lane? Were these coincidences believable? How did these events shape your expectations of the story?