Arriving Book Club Questions

Book Club Questions

Arriving: 1909–1919

What drew you into and kept you reading Arriving: 1909–1919, a relatively long novel?

What might be the significance of the frequent detailed descriptions of Mother Nature and the changing seasons throughout the books?

With which character(s) could you most identify? Did any surprise you as you began to discover their true characteristics?

What might the author be conveying through the Silent Critics? Why might these seven characters play such a significant role in the story?

Rolf is typically described as a “follower” to his younger brother, Gustav. Do you think this is accurate and, if so, why do you think he is like that?

How do you feel about Gustav’s actions towards his father and his opinions about “becoming a Canadian”? Do you agree more with Gustav or with Christian?

When Elisabetha dies, the Werner family is left feeling lost and depressed. How did each character deal with the loss, and how do you think it will change their relationships?

The author, Corinne Jeffery, had breast cancer while writing this novel but didn’t discover it until after Elisabetha died from that very disease. Do you think the character’s outcome may have been different had the author known while writing that part of Arriving?

In dealing with her mother’s death, Katherina experiences extreme bouts of depression. Do you think Katherina is overemotional, or were you compelled to sympathize with her?

When Amelia leaves her family behind to marry Gustav, we learn that her father becomes abusive towards Katie and Franz. Why do you think that this is? Were they right in hiding it from Amelia?

How do Gustav’s feelings for Amelia change over time? Do you believe he is genuine and do you agree with his actions?