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Wicked Good

Wicked Good

  1. Why do you feel Archer and Rory remain devoted to each other despite their conflicts?
  2. There are three main mothers in Wicked Good. Archer, Grandma Rose and Kitty. How do they each deal with motherhood?
  3. How does Archer gain strength from Rory?
  4. How does Rory gain strength from Archer?
  5. Besides the willow tree, what are other symbols in Wicked Good?
  6. Discuss Campbell keeping his relationship with Rory a secret for years.
  7. What if Rory didn’t have Asperger’s syndrome? How would you then view his actions and reactions?
  8. Do you know anyone with Asperger’s/autism? Whether your answer is yes or no, how has this affected how you related to Archer and to Rory in Wicked Good?
  9. How has reading Wicked Good affected how you relate to those you know with Asperger’s/autism?
  10. What role does Trish play in Wicked Good in relation to Rory? In relation to Archer?
  11. Do you think you could write a book with your sibling?

The Lantern

The Lantern

  1. Do you agree with Filippa’s decision to leave Buddy and go to Italy to try and win the contest? What would you have done?
  2. Why did Filippa keep searching for Dolce once Buddy passed away?
  3. Who/what was Dolce’s true love?
  4. Who/what was Filippa’s true love?
  5. How are Dolce and Filippa’s personalities similar? How do they differ from each other? What are the parallel events in their lives?
  6. What prejudices faced in the fifteenth century are present today?
  7. Would you have wanted to live during the Italian Renaissance? Why or why not?

Make Your Own Luck

Make Your Own Luck

  1. Is MYOL a murder mystery and then a book about family dynamics, or the other way around?
  2. How does Carlos’ addiction and fear of having a relationship with his family compare to Remy’s fear of pursuing her dream to be an artist?
  3. Bonita has a tough exterior throughout most of MYOL. Why does she act this way? Is she acting from a place of confidence or fear?
  4. Do you think Ronnie was working for the Feds when he first met Remy at the press conference or did he begin to work for them at a later date?
  5. At what point, did Remy get the courage to take Bonita’s case?
  6. Why didn’t Remy originally go to art school instead of law school?
  7. What are your thoughts about Remy and Lou’s friendship? Do you have a friend you can share all your secrets with without fear of judgment?
  8. Do you think a camp exists today in the Florida Everglades that is working toward environmental sustainability?
  9. Do you feel is it reasonable for Maria-Elena, Diana and Beatriz to fear a revolution in America as they had witnessed in Cuba?
  10. Did Dorothy – Michael Sharpe’s mother –really suffer from dementia?