Hello! Popping in with our October book club discussion questions today, for Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng.
Just before we begin though, I have to say that this small idea to read together has been so lovely to watch unfold. I’ve been getting so much feedback on the ripple effect it’s created in your lives: How a simple thing like creating more intentional time to read has flowed on into examining the greater picture of your day, what mindless (and unhealthy) habits you had in place, and how you’ve changed to be more purposeful with your time. Some of you have told me that you and a friend, in addition to our end of month discussion, make a night in your diary every month to go out for a drink together and talk about the book. This makes me so happy to hear. And of course, our end of month discussion forum on Instagram is such a great hour together and I look forward to it every month. Like my friend said: We assume people think the way we think and it’s so interesting to realise they don’t. Yes! Expanding our experience, even just of a book, with other’s perspectives has also been one of my favourite things about our book club, which carries again, a flow-on effect for my greater life.
The moral of the story? Book clubs are bloody awesome.
So, here are the discussion questions for our October read and by golly, wasn’t it a good one? Please note: Some of these questions are spoilers so please only complete the answers once you’ve finished the book in its entirety! The answers can be journaled privately or if you can, please join us on Instagram next Friday 26th October at 8pm EST to share your answers! This is such a lovely hour together so if you are free, please do join in. Our page is @theredtent so make sure you are following over there!
Question One: What do you think about the title? Why do you think, given all the themes of the book, the author chose to name it Little Fires Everywhere?
Question Two: Which side were you on? Were you torn? Do you think the author did a good job of allowing you see (and feel) the issues from all angles? Who do you think should raise Mirabelle/May Ling?
Question Three: The main theme of the book was summarized completely by a line in the book: “It came, over and over, down to this: What made someone a mother? Was it biology alone, or was it love?” What do you think the answer to this is?
Question Four: Mother/Child bonds are at the heart of this complex story, including surrogacy, adoption, abortion, estranged and traditional families. Which character did you most identify with? Why?
Question Five: What was the trigger that made Mia keep the baby for herself, do you think?
Question Six: What would you have done in Mia’s situation?
Question Seven: How do you think Elena Richardson and Mia Warren define motherhood? Who can you relate more to?
Question Eight: Which sentences or paragraphs really stood out for you?
Question Nine: “But the problem with rules was that they implied a right way and a wrong way to do things. When, in fact, most of the time they were simply ways, none of them quite wrong or quite right, and nothing to tell you for sure what side of the line you stood on.” Discuss.
Question Ten: How did you feel when Bebe stole back her baby? Do you think this was a good plot choice by the author?
Question Eleven: The book ends with Lexie pining for Mia and committing to set out to find her. Why do you think this was the final ending? What point was being made here?
Question Twelve: What other commentary do you have for the book? What else do you have to share or need to debrief about? What was your take-away from the story?
I hope you enjoyed the book, dear readers!
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