This week, book club leader Jenn has a few questions based on pages 48 – 97. Feel free to use these as a jumping-off point for any other thoughts or questions you may have too.
Welcome to week #2 of discussion for The Road to Atlantis by Leo Brent Robillard!
Thanks for your input and thoughtful reflection on the book so far … I think there is much to discuss in the coming weeks, and I look forward to seeing what you think through our discussions.
This week we will be looking at pages 48 – 97 (remainder of A City By the River).
Again, please feel free to ask questions and to discuss each other’s responses, keeping in mind a culture of respect for everyone’s opinions and beliefs.
There’s a definite progression in the story with these fifty pages or so, and some themes are starting to develop. By the end of this section, the story has developed significantly, and we have a much clearer picture of Anne and David.
If there is something in the book that isn’t mentioned in the discussion questions that interests you, by all means add it to the responses – I would love to read different interpretations.
1. “He could not undo what was done.” Regret plays a big role in this part of the novel, especially regarding the idea of a “do over” (such as the memory with Nat and her parents in the Wal-Mart). How do you see regret as an influence on Anne and David and their present-day actions?
2. We are starting to get a picture of Natalie as a child – throwing a tantrum in the shopping cart, cutting her hair. Do we have as clear a sense of Matty? What is his response to his sister’s death? Why do you think that he is less detailed in the narrative at this point?
3. Both Anne and David are starting to form attachments with individuals of the opposite gender, but in very different ways. What needs do these fill for each person, and why have they chosen to connect with Sarah and Danny? By the end of this chapter, each person has indirectly influence significant changes in Anne and David’s lives – are they truly a catalyst for change or merely the last straw in a already heavy load?