Book Club Questions

I’ve recently been approached about the possibility to attending book club conversations about A Mercy of Widows, and the idea thrills me. I am so curious about reader’s perspectives on my story. I love to hear what parts of the story resonated with readers and which parts fell flat. This kind of feedback helps me improve my story-telling.

Here are some conversation-starting questions:

  • Did you find the setting in a Canadian city (Calgary) added to your reading experience? How did it influence your perception of the story? How do you think your choice of setting contributes to the story’s atmosphere?
  • Heddie faces profound challenges and choices. What decisions would you make if you were in her shoes?
  • The blurb mentions love, loss, and life’s tough choices. Which of these themes resonated with you the most, and why?
  • How did the author balance humor with the heavy themes in the novel? Did it enhance or distract from the overall narrative?
  • Discuss the role of Fella, Heddie’s dog, in the story. How did this animal character contribute to the narrative?
  • Discuss the role of friendship and support in Heddie’s journey. What moments that stood out to you?
  • The book explores Canada’s medical assistance in dying laws. How did it challenge your perspectives on this sensitive topic?
  • How do you feel about incorporating real-life issues into fiction for discussion?
  • How does the courtroom element compare to other legal dramas you’ve read? 
  • The reviews mention a blend of laughter and tears. Share specific scenes that evoked strong emotions for you.
  • If A Mercy of Widows were adapted into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?
  • In what ways does the novel challenge traditional notions of forgiveness and justice?
  • Did the book spark any personal reflections on grief and loss in your own life? How did it resonate with your own experiences or observations?
  • Which supporting character did you find most intriguing, and why?
  • How does the author handle the balance between an engaging plot and addressing difficult real-life issues?
  • The book is described as a tale of redemption. Which character do you think experiences the most significant redemption arc?
  • How do you approach injecting humor into your stories, and how do you think it enhances the overall reading experience?
  • Share your thoughts on the author’s use of secrets and promises as driving forces in the narrative. 
  • Discuss the significance of the title, “A Mercy of Widows.” How does it encapsulate the essence of the story?
  • Were there instances where you disagreed with Heddie’s decisions or actions? Why or why not?
  • The story explores the theme of emotional preparedness for difficult situations. How did it resonate with you personally?
  • If you were to recommend this book to a friend, what aspects would you highlight to pique their interest?
  • Did you learn anything new from this book? If so, what?

If you would like me to join your book club discussion — in person, if you live nearby, or over a video-chat, if you live far away — just reach out to me at marcy@marcylane.com. I’m sure we can find a time that will work.

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