This reading group guide for Motherland includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club and a Q&A with author William Nicholson. . 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.
Motherland, an epic story of friendship, war, love, and loss, opens in England during World War II and unfolds in a decade of its aftermath. Best friends and marines Ed and Larry both love the same woman, but it's Ed, the handsome hero, who wins Kitty's heart at first sight. As dependable Larry remains quietly in the background, unable but waiting to reveal his true feelings, Kitty's marriage slowly unravels as the psychological effect of post-war life takes its toll on Ed. Spanning the globe from England and France to India and Jamaica, Motherland follows these three characters through life's triumphs and tragedies, dreams and defeats, that will impact generations to come. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1.When Alice travels to Normandy, her grandmother Pamela tells her there was one true love story in the family. To whom do you think she was referring–Kitty and Ed, or Kitty and Larry? Discuss why.
2.How might the current generation, including Guy Caulder and his daughter Alice