Unraveling the Threads is the second installment in Susan Garzon's Knots saga, and was our third pick for the indie author corner on BookClubz this month! Preview her reading questions below.
- Patricia fears that if she marries Hank, she will always be an outsider in his family, not fully accepted by his daughters. Is she being realistic? Hank is a fine and caring man. Does Patricia make the right decision in leaving him?
- Noemi chooses loyalty to her difficult father over loyalty to her husband. Does she make the right decision? In the U.S., have our ideas about responsibility to parents changed over time?
- For Patricia, everything feels more intense and compelling in Guatemala than in Iowa. Have you noticed that life feels more intense in some places than others? Do you prefer a life that’s quiet and undramatic or one with high stakes and drama? Has that changed over time for you?
- Patricia tells her brother that they can start again and be the family they were always meant to be. Carlos rejects the idea, but Patricia and her mother are able to come together as a small family. How realistic is this? Can dysfunctional families build healthy relationships in later years? If so, what is necessary to achieve it?
In Unraveling the Threads, many of the characters maneuver between different cultures. Fiona is a nurse from Scotland who chooses the life of an expatriate, living on her own in a foreign country. What are the rewards and challenges she faces as a woman living far from her family in an unfamiliar place? (Remember, this story takes place in 1978, before Skype and cell phones.)
- At the end of the book, as Guatemala is descending into violence, Patricia thinks about all the people in her life for whom she’s grateful. When you find yourself in a time of difficulty, is it helpful to cultivate gratitude? Or other states of mind?
- Patricia, Sergio, and Arturo all refer to a 1954 coup d’état in which the U.S. was instrumental in crushing a land reform program that was giving land to poor communities. Today, as impoverished Guatemalans come to the U.S., should Americans be aware of their country’s past actions and take some responsibility for them?