For Book Groups

Dear Readers:

Are you reading The Talking Drum in your book club? Here are some suggested questions to get the discussion started.

  • What message or ideas do you think the author was trying to get across?
  • What feelings did this book evoke for you?
  • Which characters did you like best?
  • Which characters did you like least?
  • Were there any moments where you disagreed with the choices of any of the characters? What would you have done differently?
  • Did any of the characters remind you of yourself or someone you know? How?
  • Did any of the characters surprise you? When? How?
  •  How does the book’s epigraph relate to the plot of The Talking Drum?
  • If you could meet one of the characters right now, what would you say to them?
  • Which scene resonated most with you personally in either a positive or negative way? Why?
  • Has anything ever happened to you similar to what happened in the book? How did you react to it?
  • Share a favorite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out?
  • What do you think of the book’s title? How does it relate to the book’s contents?
  • What did you already know about gentrification before you read this book?
  • What surprised you the most about the book?
  • What were the racial, cultural, gender, or socioeconomic factors at play in the book? How did they affect the characters?
  • What did you learn from, take away from, or get out of this book?
  • If you were making a movie of this book, who would you cast?
  • If you got the chance to ask the author one question, what would it be?

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