This reading group guide for The Mouse-Proof Kitchen 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.
On what should have been the most joyous day of their lives, Anna and Tobias welcome a severely disabled daughter into the world. Their little Freya will mostly likely never walk, never talk—probably not even know who they are. Taking a leap of faith, they make the decision to leave London behind and start a new life for their family in a fixer-upper in the French countryside. The dramatic scenery, nutty neighbors, and persistent rodent problems are minor distractions compared with Freya’s fragile condition, and the limits of their love for their daughter—and each other—are being tested at every turn. Overwhelmed, unprepared, and terrified of what the future holds for both Freya and themselves, Anna and Tobias grapple with whether or not they are strong enough to love their child—or strong enough to give her up. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. Very quickly after Freya‘s birth, Anna and Tobias realize that their “normal” lives have irrevocably changed. With all of the challenges