Book club study questions

At the request of an Ohio book club, Gathering String author Mimi Johnson developed these study questions to frame a discussion of her novel:

Gathering String is as much a character novel as it is a political thriller. Some questions of character:

  1. Do you see acts of heroism in the book? Name some.
  2. Do you feel one character stands out above the rest as a hero? If so, make your case for him/her. If not, why not?
  3. Do you see acts of moral frailty in the book? Name some.
  4. Besides Swede Erickson, whom would you identify as the most broken character? Why?
  5. At the end of the book, Jack Westphal says he can still feel some sympathy for Swede. Why do you think he says this?
  6. Jack is very angry when he finally confronts his wife, Tess Benedict, about her relationship with Sam Waterman. What do you think is the biggest driver of his anger?
  7. In Greek mythology, the Hermes character often acts (wittingly or unwittingly) as a guide for the others. Can you identify a Hermes character in this story? If so, make your case for him or her.

Book clubs, bookstores or libraries interested in arranging a visit from the author may reach her at mimi (dot) johnson (at) mac (dot) com.

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