Writing | Rage | Discussion Guide

For those of you who find yourself in a book club talking about Rage, here are a few questions I'm presumptuous enough to suggest for you to discuss...

  • How would you briefly describe Rage to a friend?
  • How did reading Rage make you feel?
  • What was your favourite story? Why?
  • Which story appealed to you the least? Why?
  • What surprised you the most about Rage?
  • Some of the stories are told from a feminine perspective, while others from a masculine. How did these alternating perspectives affect your reading of Rage?
  • Could you relate to any of the characters? Did you like them? Hate them? How realistic was the characterization?
  • The stories are not presented in chronological order. How does the order inform your reading of Rage?
  • The fictional town of Dolsens appears in every story. How does this setting affect the stories?
  • What are some of the book’s themes?
  • Is the ending satisfying? If so, why? If not, why not. What do you wish was different?
  • What, if anything, sets Rage apart from other collections of Canadian short fiction you’ve read in the past?
  • Would you recommend Rage to other readers? To your friends? Why or why not?
  • One of the most supportive things a reader can do for an author (besides buying their books, of course) is to review their work on Goodreads or at online booksellers such as Indigo and Amazon or even your local library. Would you consider writing an honest review on one of these platforms?

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