Do you believe Hawley lived or died?
I really don't know if Hawley lives or not. One of my pet peeves is when an author leaves things hanginsg with no epilogue I guess since I get to decide, I'm going to choose to believe he lives. I hope so. I've grown rather fond of Hawley even though I probably wouldn't like him very much in real life.
While the handshake between Loo and Mary was forced by Gunderson, do you feel Mary could actually get over her opinions about Loo?
Mary might get over it someday. Even Hawley and Mabel seem to have declared a truce! But I don't think Mary is anywhere near getting over it right now, nor was Loo over it. I think they were both going through the motions to keep Prinipal Gunderson happy.
Is it important that Tinti had Loo note she felt unable to kill King?
Absoutely! This may have been the key point in the novel (to me). The whole time I was reading, I really was worried that Hawley's violent past and the constant moving around and isolation would have a negative effect on Loo and that she would follow in her father's footsteps. She certainly demonstrated a violent streak. So I was happy to hear that she couldn't kill King despite what he'd done. To me it was a sign that she'd survived her unconventional childhood relatively unscathed and could go on to live a normal life. I think Hawley's reaction is also important; he apparently was as relieved as I was that she will be able to live a normal life.
How did you find the ending? Do things feel satisfying to you? Had you anticipated what would happen?
I already mentioned how dissatisfied I was with the ending and the loose ends. There is so much I want to know. Not only whether or not Hawley survives, but what happens to him if he does. This would was different than the others, and it's not likely he will survive by patching himself up. There will be questions by law enforcement. Will they learn of his past; learn he is a murderer? What happens when they do?
I also wonder what happens to Marshall. Does he return and do he an Loo remain friends — or more? What about Mabel — do she an Loo maintain any kind of relationship? If Hawley survives, will they're truce hold?
What was your favourite moment in the whole book?
I think my favorite moment was when Hawley was relieved that Loo was not able to kill King.
If you had to rate the book on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being 'amazing!', how would you rate Hannah Tinti's novel?
I'd give it about a 7. Truthfully, I'd picked it up a couple of months ago and couldn't get through the first chapter. Once I got into the story, I wanted to read more, but I'm not sure that I'd have stuck with it long enough to get interested without the motivation of participating in discussions here.
Do you feel the book was a good choice as a book club selection?
I think this is a great book club selection. I got so much more out of it by reading other points of view. I also really like the way we discussed it — slowly over several weeks with lots of time for back and forth.
Would you recommend this book to others?
I'm not sure I would recommend it to my friends as an individual read but I would definitely recommend it as a book club selection. I think it is one of those books that gets better with conversation.