This reading group guide for Crossing on the Paris includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Dana Gynther. 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.
It is June 15, 1921, and the Paris
ocean liner is about to make its maiden voyage, setting sail from France and headed for New York by way of England in the aftermath of World War I. Vera Sinclair, Constance Stone, and Julie Vernet board the ocean liner as strangers, each one carrying a unique sorrow and hope as they begin their transatlantic voyage. As the story of each woman unfolds, Crossing on the Paris
turns out to be much more than an ocean crossing—it is a journey of transformation. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. Readers are introduced to Constance Stone, Vera Sinclair, and Julie Vernet in the prologue. What was your initial impression of each woman? What did you learn about each character in this short introduction?
2. Each woman is a passenger on a different level of the Paris
, representing the different social class distinctions. What were their impressions and attitudes toward the other classes? What were some of the ways each class was p