I hope book club isn’t getting too difficult for everyone to commit to. I didn’t get a chance to discuss Sister with everyone last night so I decided that I would just post my questions for you in a blog post and then whoever has read Sister can answer at their own will right in comments.
I don’t know if the hard copy had a reader’s guide at the end of it, but the Kindle version did. And these were the questions I was going to use in our discussion last night.
A Reader’s Guide To Sister
- What were your initial theories about how Tess died? How would you have pursued the case if you had been one of the DIs?
- How does Bee’s and Tess’s relationship compare to the way you and your siblings interact? What causes the most disagreement between you? What brings you together, no matter what?
- What did the sisters’ mother teach them about motherhood and being a fulfilled woman? What did she teach them about love?
- How did their father’s absence affect the way Bee and Tess felt about men?
- Both sisters are involved in creative fields, even debating typefaces in their e-mails. What does Tess express in her paintings? Is there any room for self-expression in Bee’s commercial design work?
- Do you think Bee discovers anything new about her sister in a deep way-for example, when she meets her landlord, Amias, and friends Kasia and Simon? How much of what Beatrice discovers is about herself?
- What does the novel say about resilience, both physical and emotional, and where it comes from?
- How does the memory of Leo affect the Hemming family?
- Though Bee acknowledges that she and her sister are not devout Catholics, how does their Catholicism affect their view of the world (in an Anglican nation no less)?
- Why was Tess drawn to Emilio, and Kasia to Mitch? Would you have been more attracted to Todd or to William?
- Discuss the novel’s structure. How did it affect you as the narrator referred to Tess as “you”? What was your understanding of Mr. Wright and his role?
- Dr. Nichols, Professor Rosen, and William all inhabit the world of diagnosis and treatment. How do their three different roles (and mindsets) reflect the realities of modern medicine?
- Though Chrom-Med is a fictional company, what real-life questions about gene therapy are raised by the novel? What is the ethical way to apply humanity’s knowledge of the human genome?
- Discuss the novel’s stunning closing scenes. What do you predict for the aftermath?
- In their e-mail exchanges, Bee and Tess argue about what is safe and what is reckless. Which sister’s temperament is closest to your own? What is your definition of a life worth living?
You don’t have to answer all of the questions. Pick the ones you want. And if you want to blog your own answers that’s fine too. I will be blogging my answers probably tomorrow for you all.
As a matter of fact, I have included a linky if you would like to link me to your blog posts answering any or all of these questions on your own blog. I would love to read them. So link up at the very bottom of this post.
Next Weeks Book Club
I hope we can meet again next week to discuss the next book which is What Alice Forgot. We will meet right here on Monday July 30, 2012 at 9 p.m. EST. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book.