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Buzz Book Club, The Wishbones

Buzz Book Club: The Wishbones, Section Two

Welcome back, Buzz Book Club readers! OK, now I'm getting pretty peeved at the main character in the The Wishbones by Tom Perrotta. Dave is annoying me, but at least things have gotten really interesting and we're not just reading about a bunch of Jersey guys in band rehearsal anymore. Plus, I like Perrotta as a writer. He's got a point of view and his prose is brisk and to the point.

Here's a recap of how the Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in August). 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! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.

The next assignment: Read from the beginning of the chapter titled "This Sad Gift" through the chapter called "War Pigs." We'll chat about this second section next Friday, Aug. 22.

To discuss the second section of The Wishbones, in which we read from "It's Your Wedding" through "Carlos and Stevie Ray,"


  1. This section, and WhiplashGirlchild's comments last week, got me thinking: What kind of person plays in a cover band, as opposed to a band that writes and performs original music? Do these guys fit those stereotypes?
  2. The different lifestyles of Dave and Gretchen came out in this chapter: Though Dave lives within striking distance of New York, it was like he'd never been to Brooklyn before. He's taken the safer, suburban route, romanticizing life in the city but never living it. Do you think Gretchen's lifestyle contributes to his decision to cheat on her?
  3. Along with the above question, this section got me thinking about the choices you make after high school: to stay near home and family and what's familiar, or to strike out on your own. Do you identify with one of those paths more than the other?
  4. I find myself getting angrier and angrier with our protagonist, Dave. What do you think of him? And do your feelings toward the protagonist heavily influence your enjoyment of a book, or not so much?
  5. I'm kind of loving all the references to life in the '90s (having to call people from pay phones, Shawn Colvin on the stereo, etc.). In what ways do you think this story would be different if it were set in present day?
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