Questions for book groups
- For the person who chose the book: What made you suggest it to the group?
- Do the characters Lou, Anna and Karen seem real and believable? How do they change throughout the course of the story? Who was your favourite, and why? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
- Talk about the secondary characters – Simon, Steve and Lou’s mother, and Karen’s children, Molly and Luke. Were they important to the story? Did any stand out for you? Were there any who you didn’t like, and why?
- What did you think about the structure? All the events take place in a week. What did you think of the use of flashbacks and multiple perspectives?
- What was more important, the characters or plot? Was the plot moved forward by decisions of the characters, or were the characters at the mercy of the plot?6. The title of One Moment suggests that there are pivotal moments when lives can change course forever. Have you had any such pivotal experiences?
- What did you think about setting the book in Brighton? How did it enhance or take away from the story? Was the description of the local community good?
- What about the language/style? Was the language appropriate to the story? Was it more poetic or vernacular? (You might like to have each member read a favourite passage out loud. It’s best to warn them ahead of time so they'll be prepared.)
- What specific themes did you notice? Did you think there was anything particular Sarah Rayner is trying to get across to the reader overall? In what ways do the events in the book reveal evidence of Sarah Rayner’s world view?
- Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?
- Are you glad you read One Moment, One Morning? What do you think will be your lasting impression? Would you recommend it, and did it make you want to read more work by the author?
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