Welcome back Buzz Book Club readers! Hopefully you were able to get your paws on a copy of The Life Before Her Eyes, which seems to be a very hot property these days, and are all set to discuss the first section.
If you're new to the Book Club, this is how it goes: every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in April). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.
Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! This is particularly important with this book because each section reveals more about what I'm assuming is a surprise ending. After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.
The next assignment: Read from Part Two to the end of the chapter titled "Blood." We'll chat about this second section a week from today, Friday, April 11.
To discuss the first section of The Life Before Her Eyes (in which we read to the end of the chapter titled "Footsteps"),
- The book opens with a very startling and upsetting scenario in which young Diana and her friend are threatened during a school shooting. Did you find the violence off-putting, or did it draw you into the story? Why do you think Kasischke chose to begin the book this way?
- There are several references to a dream life Diana always knew she would have. Sometimes, it seems like she's truly accomplished everything she ever hoped for in life; other times, like when she finds herself alone in the parking lot at Emma's school, it's like she's dreaming (or is a part of someone else's dream). What do you make of Diana's "dream life" so far?
- Speaking of which, Diana reminisces about how there probably was a time when she would have considered her "dream life" to be something glamorous, like being an actress. But now, she seems to be quite content as a mom, married to a nice guy in a nice neighborhood, and she occasionally reflects on the choices she made to get there. Do you think she compromised somewhere along the line? Do you see any connection between that and the choice young Diana was asked to make in the prologue?
- Kasischke is a poet, and her fluid writing adds to the dreamlike feel of the first section. I couldn't help noting all the references to mirrors sprinkled throughout. Which qualities of Kasischke's writing have stood out most to you so far?