This reading group guide for Angelina's Bachelors includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Brian O'Reilly. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.Introduction
When Angelina finds herself suddenly widowed and jobless, she picks herself up the best way she knows how—by cooking. Her culinary pursuits catch the attention of retiree Basil, who has just moved in across the street from Angelina. Basil makes Angelina an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll pay her handsomely in return for preparing most of his meals. Angelina jumps at the chance to make some money doing what she loves, and soon expands her list of clientele to seven hungry bachelors. This disparate but charming group of men forms a protective circle around Angelina— providing her with a new kind of family.Topics and Questions for Discussion
1. In the beginning of the novel, Angelina states “. . . cooking was not just about food. It was about character.” (p. 2). What does she mean by this statement? How is it true throughout the book? How does food define her character?
2. Angelina is furious when Amy tries to pass off a storebought cake as her own.