Here’s a video of Colm Tóibín talking about Brooklyn and other issues.
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?
2. Ani filmed the documentary introducing herself as Ani Harrison but then had to tape the introduction the second time where she introduces herself as TifAni FaNelli. Through out the book, her name varies from Tif, Finny, Ani to TifAni. What’s the importance of the changes in her name and how does it impact her self image and identity? Continue reading “Luckiest Girl Alive Book Club Discussion Questions”→
“You will develop a palate. A palate is a spot on your tongue where you remember. Where you assign words to the textures of taste. Eating becomes a discipline, language-obsessed. You will never simply eat food again.”
These are the words that introduce us to Tess, the twenty-two year old narrator of Sweetbitter.
Shot from a mundane, provincial past, Tess comes to New York in the stifling summer of 2006. Alone, knowing no one, living in a rented room in Williamsburg, she manages to land a job as a “backwaiter” at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant. Continue reading “Sweetbitter Book Club Discussion Questions”→