“Flowers for the Living” Book Club Reader’s Guide
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Flowers for the Living
- What role does mental illness and the stigma against it play in this novel?
- How are Emma and Rusty influenced by their families?
- What would you have done if you were Emma after she found Marcus’ note?
- What kind of significant dilemmas have you been in when you had no good options to choose from?
- Do you think Rusty’s killing Marcus is reflective of recent controversial shootings of unarmed African-American crime suspects by white police officers? Why or why not?
- What role does weather play in this novel?
- Were you surprised that Emma’s marriage endured? Why or why not?
- How are Emma and Rusty different at the end of the novel than they were at its beginning?