This reading group guide for Where a Man Stands includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Carter Paysinger and Steven Fenton. 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.
The gravity of a single choice can transform a man’s life, but Carter Paysinger didn’t know just how much things would change when he first set foot into Beverly Hills High School. After “winning” a permit to attend the prestigious school, Carter discovers a new world distinct from his South Central home. Within a few short years, Beverly becomes his new family, and—time and time again—he finds reasons to return, first as a coach and later as a teacher. After a troubling increase in staff turnover and a fall in student test scores, coupled with a few setbacks in Carter’s own life, he begins to doubt the direction he’s going. But Beverly isn’t through with him yet—and with the help of an old friend, Steven Fenton, Carter isn’t finished with Beverly, either. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. Carter Paysinger’s huge break was snagging a multicultural permit to attend Beverly Hills High School. Discus