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The Gathering
by Enright, Anne
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1. How effective did you find Enright's descriptive writing? Why do you think so much emphasis is placed on more graphic physical aspects of life, death, and sex in the novel?

2. How did you feel about the characters of Ada Merriman and Lamb Nugent? Did you find them convincing?

3. 'Just at this moment, I find that being part of a family is the most excruciating possible way to be alive.' How does the author portray families in this story?

4. Did you find Veronica's response to her brother's death convincing? To what extent do you think Veronica is right to feel responsible for what happens to Liam? Why does his death cause her to question so much of her life?

5. How important is the idea of forgiveness to Veronica? To what extent is it necessary to her happiness? How does she change during the course of the novel, and what kind of life do you think awaits her as the story ends?

6. Examining her memories, Veronica traces the cause of her brothers death to events that happened in his childhood. To what extent do you think our actions and futures are determined by past events? What other factors may influence our decisions and destiny? Do you think it is possible for people to make free choices? Why or why not?

7. This book is based on memories. Do you think that by admitting that her memory is unreliable Veronica is asking you to excuse her is she doesnt tell the truth? Do you trust her narrative?

8. Are Veronica's grandparents at fault for what happens to Liam?

9. Why is it so important for Veronica to keep Liam's corpse company? Is she motivated by grief or guilt?

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