If your book club is preparing to read Southern Vapors, I invite you to use these questions for discussion. (Warning: These questions may contain spoilers!)
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A discussion guide for Lynn Garson’s Southern Vapors:
- Are there situations and/or characters you can identify with, if so how? Consider Honey in particular. How did the somewhat unsympathetic portrayal of her affect you?
- Did you learn something you didn’t know before?
- Do you feel as if your views on a subject have changed by reading this text? For example, the writer expresses some disdain for the contribution of the psychological community to her recovery. What was your opinion of that community before you read the text? After?
- Did it make any difference to you that the writer was a self-described “rich kid?”
- How did you feel about the writer airing her family’s “dirty laundry” in public? Is that a social taboo that you agree with? Disagree?
- Was there a point when you thought the writer would not survive? If so, how did it feel to be with her at that point in her journey?
- What passage from the book stood out to you?
- Have you had a life changing revelation from reading this text?
- What major emotion did the story evoke in you as a reader?
- If you could change something about the book what would it be and why?
- Describe what you liked or disliked about the writer’s style?