If you haven't read Lilac Girls, grab a copy, and share your thoughts! I am interested to hear what you think. While you read, be sure to keep a book journal of notes to add to our discussions. Write down your thoughts or questions, highlight your favorite quotes - and then share with us! Lets dig deeper into the books we read together and get an idea of how a passage made you feel. What questions do you have that I didn't cover? What part(s) of the book is significant to you?
If you're reading Lilac Girls within a group, you can print the discussion guide as a reference!
I'm an author and native New Englander, still pinching myself since my debut novel Lilac Girls, became a New York Times bestseller the week it was published in April 2016. The novel is historical fiction, based on the true story of 72 Polish women who were imprisoned and experimented on at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp and how Caroline Ferriday, an American philanthropist and former actress brought them to the U.S. for rehabilitation and the trip of a lifetime. I have been researching the story for over ten years and am excited beyond belief to finally share it with the world. - Martha Hall Kelly
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by Martha Hall Kelly
ISBN: 1101883073 | ISBN-13: 9781101883075
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Paperback: 487 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
- Much of this book is centered around relationships with ones mother. How have these relationships affected the main characters lives?
- If put in Kasia's situation, what do you think you would do? Would you have done anything the same or differently?
- If put in Herta's position when she initially found out her role at the camp, what do you think you would have done?
- What other themes did you notice throughout the book? What are your thoughts on relationship (familial and romantic) as the central theme?
- Lets discuss your thoughts on each character.
- What feelings did you have for Herta at the beginning of the story versus the end? Did you pity her?
- How did you feel about the way Kasia was caught? Was it her fault her mother and sister were put in jeopardy? Did you pity her even after she flees the camp?
- Overall, Caroline is a wonderful human being. What are your thoughts on the relationship she held with Paul?
- Favorite quote(s) and why?
- What was your first impression of the book? As you read, did your impression change? What caused the change?
- What did you think of the ending overall? How did you feel about Herta's outcome? Caroline's? Kasia's?
- Would you recommend this book to a friend?