SUMMER TONIC 1
Do you think Anna demeans herself by chasing after Dexter Styles for her own self interest?
Why do you think Eddie couldn’t cope with his own daughter’s disability and yet he risks his life to save Sparks?
Why do you think we feel empathy for Dexter Styles?
Although Anna proved she could survive in a man’s world, do you think she changed the path for other women and if not why?
How did Jennifer Egan enlighten you to the wartime lives of young women working in the shipyards and were you surprised by what they had to do?
What factors make this book such a punchy read?
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMLETELY FINE
SUMMER TONIC 2
Have you met an Eleanor Oliphant in your workplace or community? Is this a true slice of life?
Why is it funny? And is this socially acceptable?
Did you recognise yourself either as the eccentric heroine or as the caring Raymond?
How does the author tackle grief and loneliness?
Is this a love story?
Could there be a sequel? How would it play out?
What other novels did it remind you of ('The Rosie Project', 'The Cactus').
Plus - Check reading group questions at the back of the novel.
GIRL AT WAR
SUMMER TONIC 3
How easy or uncomfortable was it to transport yourself into Girl At War? Did Novic succeed?
What recollections if any do you have of the Yugoslavian Wars? How relevant is it today?
What makes this book 'powerful' and 'unforgettable'?
Is Ana's experience of modern warfare credible?
Do you think it is possible to escape the traumas of your past?