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The Shining Girls - Discussion Questions

From: Amanda
Sent on: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:14 AM

Hi everyone!

See you tonight at 7:00 pm at the restaurant in IKEA in New Haven! Although based on the FB page posts a lot of us will be there shopping before hand  Here are the discussion questions:

The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes – Discussion Questions

1. Harper tells his second victim, Zora, “You shine. I need you.” What does shining mean to Harper and what makes each of these very different women a shining girl?

2. Kirby Mazrachi is the only person to survive Harper’s attack. Is she already a shining girl, or does her survival make her one?

3. The Shining Girls takes place in Chicago. What role does the city play in the story? How would another setting have changed The Shining Girls?

4. When Harper enters the House—before committing any of his future murders—he finds the names of his victims scratched into the wall, in his own handwriting. What is the House and why does it have a hold on him?

5. What is the significance of the objects Harper takes from his victims? Why does he feel the need to connect them?

6. Harper is obsessed with signs and portents and feels like he is fulfilling a destiny. What role do free will and fatalism play in The Shining Girls?

7. Could Kirby have used the House to go back and fix the past and stop Harper before he killed all the women?

8. What is Kirby and Dan’s relationship? How does it develop and change them?

9. What is the role of Bartek and how does he fit into the loops of the House?

10. How does The Shining Girls illustrate the ways that women’s roles and social issues have changed (or not) throughout the twentieth century?

11. If you could punch one character from the novel who would you choose?

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