Dreaming in French
At once a coming-of-age story and meditation on cultural identity, Dreaming in French is an enchanting portrayal of the challenges of adolescence and an honest account of one girl’s discovery that where we come from makes us who we are.
- Scribner |
- 320 pages |
- ISBN 9781439109588 |
- September 2009
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Reading Group Guide
QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
1. Why did Frank and Astrid move to Paris? Is the city a natural fit for them? Do they consider France their “home”?
2. In a novel filled with expatriates, what does nationality mean to each of them? Do the main characters consider themselves French, American, both, or neither?
3. Why does a teenaged Charlotte cling so closely to her mother? Are they too close for Charlotte’s own good? In one way or another, was she always afraid of losing Astrid?
4. Why do Charlotte and Lea call their parents by their first names?
5. “I didn’t trust perfection. That was why I fell in love with boys like Patrice and not Serge” (page 75). Why doesn’t Charlotte trust perfection? Are her choices in men consistent throughout the novel?
6. Which characters truly care about the political struggles happening in other countries? Is Charlotte aware of the world around her? Is Lea? Maybelle? Grace?
7. Maybelle tells Charlotte, “You and me, we’re worker bees.” (p. 84) How do they see more