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Delta Weddingis a novel by Eudora Welty, first published in 1946. It is set in the 1920s and deals with the life of the Fairchild family. Laura McRaven, who spends some time with the family, narrates the novel.

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Delta Wedding is a novel by Eudora Welty, first published in 1946. It is set in the 1920s and deals with the life of the Fairchild family. Laura McRaven, who spends some time with the family, narrates the novel.

This is a popular title to read for book clubs, as it appeals to a variety of readers: it is engaging and gripping without being too difficult to read. As part of a book club meeting, one could discuss the following questions:

  • Do you think there is any significance in the choice of names in the Fairchild family? What can we conclude about the Fairchild family just by looking at their names?
  • What was the turning point for Laura, or when did she begin to gain a better understanding of the Fairchild family? Was there one single important event, or was it the result of several events?
  • Would the story have worked in a different setting (that is, away from the Mississippi Delta)? How does the setting influence the story, and how would it have been different had it been set in a big city on the East Coast, for example?
  • How would you have felt in Laura‚Äôs situation? Can you empathize with Laura? Would you have felt or acted differently at any point?
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