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Book Club Mon Nov 09 2009

Travel Writing Discussion Questions

Here are some sample questions for our discussion of Travel Writing by Peter Ferry. Veronica has details about our November meeting below.

Why does Peter Ferry become obsessed with Lisa Kim's death?

What is true/ not true in this story? Does it matter?

Are we supposed to believe this story?

In the novel, Peter Ferry tells his class, "very often illusion is all we have." Do you believe that?

What do you think Travel Writing says about memoir and fiction? How are we constructing stories of our own lives?

We know memoirs can be fictionalized, but can fiction act as memoir?

Why is the book titled Travel Writing? Who is traveling? How?

The UK edition of the novel is titled None of This Ever Really Happened. Does that change your perception of the novel? Which title do you prefer?

Part of the book concerns Peter Ferry telling his story to his high school English class and instructing them in creative writing. What "lesson" do you think the author hopes we, as readers, will take away from the novel?

 
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