Book Club Questions

Book Club Questions for Daughters of Long Reach

  1. Who was your favorite character and why?
  2. How did the two Gannett sisters surprise you?
  3. Who was the bravest character in the past storyline and in the present storyline? Why?
  4. What was the strongest physical connection between the present and past?
  5. How did you feel about the burning of the Old South Church? Was it a hate crime by today’s standards?
  6. Do you feel that Anna was right in the way she handled her relationship with Jake? Why?
  7. If you could write the next chapter, what would be the next step for Jake and Anna?
  8. Do you think Mary Rose was wicked to pursue Thomas Goss? Why?
  9. How did Thomas change from his Bowdoin days to his days at sea? And how was he different when he made his decision to retire from the sea? Was he a good man?
  10. Do you agree with the old expression that Mary Rose shared: “Sorrow can burn you to bitterness or spin you to gold.”
  11. In Daughters of Long Reach, who was burnt to bitterness, and who was spun to gold?
  12. Do you agree with Ellie’s expression, “Everything changes, and everything remains the same?” In the novel, what has clearly remained unchanged over time?