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The Florist's Daughter
by Hampl, Patricia
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1. What are the book's main themes?

2. What is the significance of the author's choice of title? If the book had another title, what might it be?

3. Whose story is the author telling? For whom is she writing the book?

4. What emotions did you experience while reading the book?

5. What role does humor play? What parts of the book made you laugh or smile?

6. How has the author's relationships with her parents shaped the adult she has become? In what ways are you a product of who your parents are/were?

7. What are the qualities of the narrator's voice and the overall tone of the book? What is the picture the author paints of herself and her deceased parents?

8. What did you learn about Saint Paul culture and landmarks? If you were living in Saint Paul during some or all of the years covered in the book, how well does the author's portrayal of city life fit with your memories?

9. What risks, if any, did the author take in writing such a personal book?

10. If you were to write a memoir of your childhood, what would you choose as its title? What emotions might surface in writing the book?

Additional discussion questions from: The Friends of the St. Paul Library
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