Sunday, April 25, 2010

Reading Group Guide questions

Ah yes, it's time to write my reading group guide questions for Pictures of You, coming November from Algonquin books. Doing reading group guides requires a different part of the brain than the writing of the novel. You have to become critical, yet not so critical that you feel as if you are writing Sparks Notes. I grew so baffled and befuddled writing mine that I began to get a little slap-happy, so in the interest of feeding my personal lunacy, I've come up with the following reading group guide questions instead:

1. Which fancy restaurant would you like to take Caroline to and why?
2. If you had to issue a restraining order against one of the characters in Pictures of You, which one would it be and why?
3. What fabulous gift do you think the author would most appreciate and why haven't you sent it to her yet?
4. If you could play matchmaker, which character from this novel would you fix up with characters from other Leavitt novels?
5. If Caroline did not write another novel, which profession do you think would best suit her: dentist, animal portrait painter or exhibitionist?


Gina Sorell said...

Oh well, I can only answer questions 1, 3, and 5, as I have not yet read the novel!!

1. Cliff's Edge in Silverlake. Hidden behind 10 foot high carved Indonesian wooden doors is a restaurant with seating built into the side of the hill, with twinkly lights, overstuffed floral pillows for lounging, an enormous tree at the center whose base is covered in seashells, and a firepit. It's magical, and the food is delicious!

3. An endless supply of vintage sweaters, velvet shirts, cupcakes and chocolates. I can only's the mail?!

5. Oh this one is easy. Nothing. No other job is suitable. Lucky us!!

Can't wait to read your book!!

Carol Starr Schneider said...

November is too long to wait.

Clea Simon said...

I can't wait either, but love seeing this!
Can't answer most of the questions because i haven't read the new book yet - but if you DID decide to become an animal portrait artist, we readers would be the poorer. And Musetta would sit for you!