This reading group guide for The House of the Wind 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.Introduction
In The House of the Wind,
Titania Hardie weaves together two intriguing narratives: that of San Francisco–based human rights lawyer Maddie Moretti—whose life takes an unexpected and devastating turn—and a trio of courageous women in medieval Italy. Seeking solace at a Tuscan villa, Maddie becomes fascinated by an ancient mystery and finds that, by looking to the past, she just might be able to step into a new future.Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. What do you think of Maddie as a lawyer? How do her experiences working on the Stormtree case influence her personally,particularly her interactions with Marilu and Neva?
2. Maddie sees her situation after Christopher’s death as “a premature widowhood” (p. 21). In what ways does her youth make it both easier and more difficult to deal with losing Christopher?
3. How does Nonna in particular help Maddie through her grief?
4. Reread Isabella’s conversation with Signora Angela about Maddie’s birth chart. How accurate do the s