This reading group guide for The Kings and Queens of Roam includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Daniel Wallace. 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.
Inhabited by ghosts and wild dogs, mysterious lumberjacks and Chinese immigrants, and set in a wild place where rivers are magic and the forest is intent on claiming what was once its own, Daniel Wallace’s new novel is a powerful and imaginative story of two sisters, Helen and Rachel McCallister, and the dying town in which they live. Rachel is blind and has relied on Helen all her life, and Helen has both resented and taken advantage of her sister. But when Rachel strikes out on her own, both sisters discover that neither they nor the world in which they live are everything they believed, and that love and forgiveness can sometimes come at a cost. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1.Wallace writes that Rachel and Helen “were known simply as the girls
…the wonder of it was that they were thought of as girls at all, and not simply girl
.” (4) Are Rachel and Helen as close as the townspeople of Roam perceive them to be? How do their inner lives dif