Do you have any questions for the author?
Most likely, he would answer them, if he were asked...
It is incredibly gratifying any time a group of people commit to reading and discussing The Book of Moon— thank you! Thanks in advance also for reviews/ratings you may post on the Amazon sales page and/or on Goodreads– these are soooooo helpful.
I would be happy to support your book club by attending meetings in the Southern California area, or by doing a phone or Skype conversation with groups located elsewhere. If you have questions, I’ll be glad to answer them.
In response to inquiries, I’ve put together a list of prompts that might be conversation starters. Below are some sample.
- Did you enjoy the book? Why or why not?
- Did you have any characters you particularly liked? Who?
- Was the ending satisfying? If so, why? If not, why not…and how would you change it?
- One result of Moon’s religious exploration is his appreciation of the importance of forgiveness. Did that resonate for you personally? Have there been individuals you’ve found it particularly difficult to forgive? Were you able to do so, eventually?
- Many people would not agree with Moon’s interpretation of the Book of Job. Did it offend you? How do you personally make sense of Job’s tribulations at the hand of Satan?
- One of the story threads is Moon’s quest to find his calling. What profession do you foresee in his future?
- Some readers have described the majority of the characters as “nice,” or “likeable.” Do you agree? If so, did the absence of outright “villains” make the book less interesting?
- Do you think this book would be of interest to young people? Why or why not?
- Books in this genre are characterized as “coming-of-age” books. They’re not easy to encapsulate with a back-of-the-book synopsis. If asked, how would you briefly describe what the book is about? (The author would be delighted to hear these thoughts!!!)
- Was Moon’s father an alcoholic? How did you feel about his drinking problem? Do you feel it was sufficient grounds for divorce?
- Do protagonists in books always behave the way you think they should? If not, does that cause you to lose sympathy for them? How do you rationalize that they do not handle situations the way you think they ought to?
- Are there any other novels this book reminded you of? If so, which? (Again, the author would love answers to this question!)
- We read books because they enrich our lives. Is there anything from The Book of Moon that enriched yours? Specifically, what? What will you take away from the book?
- Do you have any questions for the author? Most likely he’d answer them, if he were asked…