I hope this message reaches you in good health and spirits. For all of my bookies in the Atlanta area, i pray that all is well with you. IT has been a hectic few days in the Atlanta area and I'm happy to say that we are back to normal!
Well, Sweet Pea was a a delight to read and I hope you enjoyed it as well. Below are our final set of discussion questions for Leaving Atlanta.
REMINDER: We being "The Mountain Between Us" on Monday!
1. The novel is divided into three sections, each with a different point of view. How did this affect your experience reading the novel? Which section was your favorite and why?
2. The three children in this novel all have very different home lives. Which parents do the best job with their children?
3. For the author, Tayari Jones, the Atlanta Child Murders were a defining moment in her childhood. She has said in an interview that: “This is when found out how the world worked. That children could die. That there were people who would want to hurt you for no reason at all. But it was also when I found out that there were people who we didn’t even know, who would do whatever they could to keep us safe.” Was there a moment in your own childhood that caused you to look at the word with a more grown-up perception?
4. The character, Mrs. Greir, makes a big difference in Octavia’s life. Did you have a special relationship with a teacher in your life? How do you think that student-teacher relationship has changed over the years?
5. The issue of social/economic class is very important in Leaving Atlanta. In your reading of this piece, how did you see economic class as a factor in the children’s lives?