I love attending book groups: they are always the most lively, engaged – and challenging – audience and questioners. I know that many book groups are hoping to put The Return of Norah Wells on their list so I thought I’d devise a set of reading questions for you. I hope that they stimulate some interesting discussion – do let me know via twitter and Facebook.
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Book Group Questions for The Return of Norah Wells
- Whose point of view do you find most compelling and why?
- Did you enjoy the bird’s eye view chapters at the beginning and end of each day? How did this technique contribute to your reading of the story?
- What are you feelings about Norah. Do you forgive her for having left – and returned? Is it ever right to for a mother to walk out on her family?
- Which character do you think suffers most from Norah’s departure?
- In all my novels, I like to weave in a little magic, especially in relation to children and animals. Did you enjoy this aspect and what did it contribute to your reading experience?
- How do you respond to Adam? Is he a weak or a strong character? Does he develop as the novel progresses?
- Fay’s role in both Norah’s departure and return is crucial. How do you feel she handles both situations and how do you respond to her as a character?
- I try to include moments of light as well as shade in my novel. Were there any moments in the novel that you found particularly moving or, conversely, particularly funny?
- The novel explores what it means to be a family. Which family-related issues did you find particularly interesting?
- Do you find the ending satisfying?