1.The story starts with Kya’s Ma leaving and Kya waiting for her to come back. Later Jodie, then her Pa also left. How do you think abandonment shaped Kaya’s outlook in life. What repercussions did it have? Why did she leave?
2. Kya’s dad started taking her out on the boat. Did you think that it was a turning point in their relationship? Why did he leave? Continue reading “Where The Crawdads Sing Book Club Discussion Questions”
Read synopsis here.
1. Why was Saverio Armandonada’s relationship with his dad Leone so strained after Saverio told his dad that he didn’t want to work in the Ford Rouge factory and start a career in singing? Was Leone’s response to Saverio typical of the Italian-American for that time? Can you understand Leone’s side of the argument? What repercussions did the argument have?
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“They tell you they pay you, you go on the road, they no pay you. I hear stories of the show business. It’s for gypsies. You work, the boss keeps all the money. You starve. He gets fat and he gets showgirls and you get nothing.”Tony’s Wife, page 25.
Discussion Questions: The Address by Fiona Davis.
1. Have you read any other works by Fiona Davies? If so, did you find her writing style enjoyable and easy to follow?
2. Do you enjoy reading novels with parallel plots and story lines?
3. Do you feel Fiona Davis captured the parallel plot lines she
interwove into the story?
4. Was there anything in the book that surprised you?
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Read The Secrets Between Us synopsis.
1. The Secrets Between Us contained many themes, including family, love, friendship, poverty, modernity, globalization, tradition, and marriage to name a few. Which theme impacted you the most? Why?
2. The book explores the idea that we need more than just money to survive and to feel human. We need family and friends. Bima’s ‘family’ and friends include Parvati and the lesbian couple Chitra and Sunita. Are you surprised by this eclectic group whose class division seem to set them apart? Continue reading “The Secrets Between Us Book Club Discussion Questions”
Read The Mars Room synopsis
1. One of the last paragraphs at the end of the book says, “I emerged from the the tree and turned into the light, not slow. I ran toward them, toward the light.”
What do you think about the ending? Did the ending surprise you? Did you like it, and was it what you expected?
2. Romy talks about paths that everyone is on. Jackson, Romy’s son is on his path, and she on hers. In the last page of the book it says “I gave him life. It is quite a lot to give. It is the opposite of nothing. And the opposite of nothing is not something. It is everything.
What do you take away from that? Is she talking about her life, or life in general? Continue reading “The Mars Room Book Club Discussion Questions”
1. What do you think about the author Wade Rouse using his grandmother’s name as a pen name in honor of her?
2. Do you have your own recipe box or have you been handed down a recipe box from your mother or grandmother?
3. We are living in the age of technology so when you are looking for a recipe do you immediately go to the internet or do you have a cookbook or cookbooks you use? Continue reading “The Recipe Box Book Club Discussion Questions”
1.”The firemen said there were little fires everywhere.” What does the title of the book mean in relation to the story?
2. The novel is set about two decades ago in the late 1990s. Some of the characters are supposedly blind to the colour of people. Do you feel that the attitudes toward race and class has changed since that time period? What differences or similarities are there today?
3. Shaker Heights a suburb of Cleveland, is written like a character in the novel. The community is planned from the layout to the colour of the houses. What do you think about planned communities? Would you benefit from living in a planned community? What are the pros and cons of living in a community like that? Continue reading “Little Fires Everywhere Book Club Discussion Questions”
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?
3. Alaska is written like a character in the novel. How does the landscape help with the story? Do you think if it was set somewhere else that the story would be just as effective? Continue reading “The Great Alone Book Club Discussion Questions”
1. Did you think Michelle Gable did a good job in creating the three main character’s lives, Laurel, Annie and the Duchess, in I’ll See You In Paris?
2. Did you think Gladys Deacon (The Duchess) ended up being a crazy old lady or was she just shrewd in manipulating her actions with other people?
3. Did you find the number of spaniels in the Grange to be a realistic approach to the living conditions in the Grange and was it believable to you that the people living there would put up with it? Continue reading “I’ll See You In Paris Book Club Discussion Questions”
1 Before you read Before We Were Yours, did you know the historical side of adoption and that there was a black market for babies back then?
2. Do you think Queenie and Briny were at fault for losing their children? Was it viable for them to have more children?
3. Were you surprised about the living conditions of young children in the orphanage as revealed in Rill’s story? Continue reading “Before We Were Yours Book Club Discussion Questions”