Write it down
Keep a reading journal to make notes while reading the book. Jot down central themes, questions you may have, your thoughts and impressions. For inspiration, check out a Q&A with Robert Goolrick and his original essay about A Reliable Wife, as well as the Reading Group Guide for some suggested questions.
Dear Fictional Character
Ask each book club member to write a letter to one of the book’s characters, whether a central figure or a minor character. Perhaps there’s someone who moved you to tears, or infuriated you, or made you wish you could meet them in real life. What would you tell them? Bring your letters and read aloud during your discussion.
Want to write about A Reliable Wife for our blog? Have each member of your club write about the novel in his or her own words (150 words or less). Submit them with a group photo to be featured on our blog. We love to hear your feedback!
Don’t know what to read for your next book club selection? Take turns nominating titles, or have each member submit a title and let luck be your guide by drawing from a hat. And please join us for these other forthcoming Algonquin Book Club selections: A Friend of the Family on March 3, 2012 (Lauren Grodstein interviewed live by Stephen King); Pictures of You on April 2012 (date TBA; Caroline Leavitt interviewed live by Anne Lamott); and Silver Sparrow on June 21, 2012 (Tayari Jones interviewed live by Judy Blume), all of which will be webcast live on our site.