This reading group guide for The Carriage House includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Louisa Hall. 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 The Carriage House
tells the story of a suburban family struggling to define themselves when their talents fade and the neighborhood turns against them. After suffering a stroke, William Adair wakes up in his hospital bed and realizes his family has changed: his daughters are less extraordinary than he had remembered. For over thirty years, William’s life was grounded on two indisputable principles: his daughters’ exceptional talents and the historical resonance of a carriage house built by his grandfather. Both have begun to collapse. The carriage house, held captive by a neighbor due to a zoning error, has decayed beyond recognition, and the neighborhood association has voted to condemn it. William’s three daughters, all former tennis champions, seem to have lost their confidence in adulthood. And his wife, Margaux, is suffering from dementia. As she forgets who her daughters are, they forget themselves. In order to help their father recover, the Adair daughters take up the battle for the carriag