What are some discussion question suggestions for a book club for The Family Fang?
I faciliate adult book groups that include educators, health care professionals and a few attorneys. These folks are voracious readers.
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Book Club discussion questions should be truly discussable, meaning they should bring up divergent views. Questions should require relating to the content and sharing personal views and experiences. Judgment and creative analysis should be required.
The first question that comes to mind for this interesting novel is: How does childhood impact our lives as adults? Does being known as “Child A” and “Child B” and thrown into your parents’ performance art make you turn out differently? How much of who we become can be traced to who we were forced to be?
The second question is: What is identity?
Buster and Annie’s lives will always be related to what they did as children. For example, when people recognize them, as the girl at the college did.
“I know you,” the girl said, smiling. “You’re really famous.” Annie nodded, uninterested in pretending to be someone else. (p. 135)
Annie and Buster can never be anything else but what they were, or can they?
The third question is: What does it mean to be a parent?
The Fang parents are more interested in art than their children. Are they neglectful? Are they bad parents because family is more important to them than art?
Finally: Can tragedy be funny?
This story is both sad and funny at the same time. How can that be? What is it about the style of the writing, the plot, and the characters that creates this unusual dichotomy?
Thank you so much!
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