The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room to discuss North River
by Pete Hamill. Tending to his poor and sick neighbors throughout a Depression-era winter, New York City doctor James Delaney is haunted by memories from World War I and the disappearances of his wife and daughter, until his three-year-old grandson is abandoned on his doorstep. Hamill weaves a story of honor, family, and one man's simple courage that no reader will soon forget.
Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!
1. Dr. Delaney has had a difficult life. How does Delaney's past haunt him in the present? To what degree do you think he has healed by the end of the novel?
2. Why does Grace leave Carlos with Delaney? Do you feel her actions are justified by her explanation? What role do you think her relationship with her own father played in this decision?
3. What is the significance of the North River in the novel? How does the imagery the author uses evolve over the course of the story? Do you think it is an apt metaphor for Delaney's life?
4. How do you think Rose's personality contrasts with Delaney's? What effect does her presence have on him?
5. Many characters in this novel are tough, without being mean. Has such a quality vanished from today's life in America?
Questions obtained at readinggroupguides.com