This week, book club leader Sara has a few questions based on Chapter 10- Part 2 Chapter 4 . Feel free to use these as a jumping-off point for any other thoughts or questions you may have too.
How do you feel about the novel moving into Part 2? Do you find the story and characters compelling at this stage in the narrative?
When Leon returns to Russia, he finds himself in a political climate he no longer understands. Do you think that Leon emphasizes his naive perspective in order to elicit Clara’s (and the reader’s) sympathy? Or, is Leon really as unwitting as he presents himself to be?
What is your reaction to Leon’s journey to Kolyma? Did you find it difficult to read? How does Michaels’ style affect your emotional response?