Happy Bookers Discussion Group
Next meeting: Wednesday,
In a novel of manners and social divisions set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century England, two girls from different classes become friends, and their families' lives become intertwined in the process. "Like an E. M. Forster novel filtered through a modern sensibility....Boldly plotted and beautifully written." (Library Journal)
The turn of the century found England in a state of transition. How did the death of Queen Victoria signify a new era, a more modern climate? How do the conflicting opinions on death and mourning define the characters? In what ways do these differing attitudes indicate the social changes to come?
How do the issues the female characters face differ with those women are facing now, a century later? What obstacles still exist? How might this story differ if it were set now?
The cemetery is a curious place to set a novel. On the one hand, it mirrors the outside world, with rigid rules of conduct that mourners are expected to follow. On the other hand, both children and adults experience a degree of freedom there. How does the making and breaking of rules there reflect on and affect the characters?
Does this book have a heroine? If so, who is it?
None of the characters is perfect—all have their flaws and irritations. Does this help or hinder the narrative?
April - Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
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