This reading group guide for Shelter includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Frances Greenslade. 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.Introduction
In the wilds of Duchess Creek, British Columbia, Jenny and Maggie Dillon grow up in a quirky but tight-knit family. When Maggie is ten, however, a logging accident kills their father. A few months later, just as the sisters are beginning to get back on their feet, their mother abruptly drops them with family friends in a nearby town, promising to return in a few weeks. She never does.
As Maggie and Jenny learn to make the best of their new life, they cannot help but wonder how their warm and loving mother could have willingly abandoned them—and if she did not, then what happened to her? Maggie’s struggle to answer this question forms the heart of Shelter
, a gorgeous debut that celebrates the love between two sisters and the complicated bonds of family. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. Discuss the different women who play the role of mother to Maggie and Jenny. Could any be labeled “good” mothers, or at least “better,” than the others? Wha