This reading group guide for Margarita Wednesdays includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. 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.
In this riveting and inspiring memoir, Deborah Rodriguez, the author of Kabul Beauty School
, unfolds the story of her perilous flight from Afghanistan and how she forged a new life afterwards. In a seaside Mexican town among a group of colorful expats and locals she reinvents herself, finds love, and opens a salon. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. “My life sometimes seemed like a series of one-act plays starring the same character, a gutsy heroine who over and over seems destined to triumph, yet somehow never quite does,” admits Debbie (page 55). What is your overall impression of her after reading Margarita Wednesdays
? How does she view herself versus how others see her?
2. How did leaving Afghanistan—and the circumstances surrounding her departure—impact Debbie mentally and emotionally? Why was she reluctant to leave Kabul despite the danger she was in? Why do you think it took her so long to realize and to accept that she had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?