[NFBV-Potomac-Announce] April Book Club

John Halverson jwh100 at outlook.com
Wed Mar 25 19:22:29 UTC 2020

Hello Friends,

In these unusual times, let's get together to discuss our April book, Where the Crawdad  Sings.  Of course it will be a virtual get together.

We will meet on Wednesday April 1 at 7:00 PM by conference line.

Please call: 605-475-4000 participant code 164097.

Remember for a conference call to work well please mute your phone with star 6 when you are not speaking.  Also, give your name before speaking so you can be recognized by the facilitator.

Below and attached are fifteen questions related to our book.


Where the Crawdads Sing Book Club Questions
1. How does the North Carolina marsh setting shape the story? In what ways does the setting seem like another character in the novel?

2. Discuss the series of events that led to Kya living alone in the marsh. Who failed her, and who was there for her? Were there better choices that could have been made?

3. How do Kya's observations of nature influence her understanding of the world? Give examples of how Kya's decisions were influenced by things she saw in nature.

4. How did you feel about Kya's decision not to return to school?  How different would her life have been if she had stayed in school?

5. What is Kya's relationship like with Jumpin' and Mabel? Why are the drawn to Kya - and what do they have to offer her?

6. Which characters had the biggest influence on Kya? On whose lives did she make the biggest impact?

7. Did the people of Barkley Cove owe anything to Kya? What does it mean for her to be an outsider, and how does it impact her life and choices?

8. How is poetry used in the book? What does poetry mean to Tate and to Kya?

9. What does Kya learn about relationships by watching fireflies? How did her interpretation of their behavior inform her choices later?

10. Contrast Kya's relationships with Chase and Tate. What do each of them offer her, and what does she represent to them?

11. What does Kya learn by watching the girls in Barkley Cove? How is her idea of womanhood influenced by her observations and by her life in the marsh?

12. Do you see Kya as a victim? Why or why not? How did your opinion of her change over the course of the book?

13. How did you feel about the outcome of the trial? Do you think Tate made the right decision? Why?

14. Did the ending of the book offer the closure you wanted? Were you surprised or disappointed by the way the book ended?

15. What did the title, Where the Crawdads Sing, mean to you before and after you read the book?
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