ISAAC AND THE EGG
BOOK OF THE MOMENT
What was you expectation of this book and what genre does it fit into?
Do you think the Egg was real and what do you think Bobby Palmer wanted us believe was its role?
Can you relate to Isaac’s emotions of heart-break and how he coped or didn’t?
Do you think this is a man’s story? And would a woman behave differently to such a tragic experience?
Does this make you more empathetic to others experiencing grief?
Is this a book worth sharing with friends and book clubs?
‘A picture hides a thousand words’. To what extent was this novel brought to life by art and did you enjoy the mythical story of ‘Saint Rufina and the Lion’?
Marjorie Quick unlocks Odelle’s creative potential. How did you feel about this relationship?
Which time frame and story did your group enjoy the most and why?
Odelle and Olive both have to overcome challenges in their lives? Which character attracted the most empathy with you and your book club? And do you think either could have handled their lives differently?
Was the unravelling of the story plausible and did you find the characters maintained credible voices in the novel?
How does this compare to 'The Miniaturist' and do you think this would work on screen?
Do you and your group enjoy problem pages and why do they appeal?
Do you have a favourite agony aunt and do you think Dolly's writing style lends herself well to this role?
Which dilemma raised the most interest in your group and did you enjoy talking about Dear Dolly's column?
How does this collection compare to Alderton's other novels and books?
Alderton has been described as the ‘Nora Ephron’ of our time, do you agree?
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