Welcome, Book Clubs! We hope these questions will assist you in having lively book discussions of Reasons for Waking, by Karen Foster.
Every book club follows its own format, so please feel free to use these questions in a way that works best for your group. They are designed to provide a little structure for those who desire it and to start your group thinking and talking about the book. They do not have to be followed exactly as listed. Your group may find plenty to discuss without much assistance. There is no right or wrong way to use these questions, so remember to have fun and enjoy your time together sharing the ways Reasons for Waking is impacting your life.
1. What is the significance of the book title?
2. What did you think of the main characters?
3. What themes stand out to you?
4. Discuss the plot.
5. Think about the story and its message on a personal level. How has this book affected you?
Questions specific to Reasons for Waking
1. Why do you think the writer chose to open the novel where she did, with Dilsey and Philip noticing the fire at the university?
2. What is Philip’s main misunderstanding of how grief and relationships work? How does he overcome this misbelief over the course of the story?
3. Henry and Philip share a deep friendship that goes back to their childhood. But there are also secrets between them. What are those hard things they don’t share with one another? How did the secrets affect their relationship?
4. Dilsey’s death has a shattering effect on Philip. But in what ways did it, and his relationship with her, cause a positive change in his life in the long term?
5. Why is it that Philip is motivated to investigate the context of his younger brother’s death after trying not to think about it for so long?