Invite me to your book club!
I would be honored to be a part of your book club discussion about In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills — in person, if you live in within driving distance of Seattle or live in one of the cities I’m visiting on my book tour, or via Skype.
The 14 questions below are designed to enhance your reading group’s discussion of In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills. (No spoilers, I promise!) I’m also happy to answer any other questions you might have about my novel, my writing and research process, and my travels to Africa, Lebanon, and Haiti.
Discussion Questions for In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills:
1) Which character were you most interested in learning more about and why?
2) All of the characters have secrets they keep from each other for various reasons. Did you think these reasons were selfish or compassionate — or both?
3) Which character’s main dilemma could you relate to the most and why?
4) Were there any characters who, at first, you had little empathy for and then developed more compassion as their storyline progressed?
5) Do you think Rachel was selfish leaving her husband to go in search of your father in Rwanda?
6) There are several love affairs in this novel. Which one drew you in the most and why?
7) Rachel and Nadine share a love of music. What else do they discover that they share, even though they are from very different cultures?
8) Which character surprised you the most—when and why?
9) Did you relate at all to Henry and his reasons for leaving his wife and young daughter?
10) Forgiveness is a theme in this novel. Where there any characters who were forgiven, who you thought shouldn’t have been? Where there any characters who weren’t forgiven who you thought should have been?
11) How do each of the main characters learn to embrace “Amahoro,” sorrow for the past and hope for the future?
12) Pick a character and a situation, and share what you would have done differently in their shoes.
13) What did you learn about the genocide campaign against Tutsis that surprised you?
14) This is a coming of age story for all three women in this novel: Nadine, who is nineteen, Rachel, who is 35, and Lillian, who is 54. How does one of these characters grow into a wiser, more mature woman?
15) How do one, or more, or the characters interact with the country of Rwanda as a character?
I’m very interested in hearing and discussing your additional questions after reading my novel!