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Contact Information

For more information regarding the Evening Book Club, please contact: Jaclyn Gomez at bkdiscuss@hkdpl.org

Meeting Schedule

Next Meeting:

July 22, 2019, 7pm

July's Book:

The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase

 

Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions

  1. Did you have a favorite Wilde sister? Why or why not? Did the sisters remind you of your own siblings?
  2. How does the novel portray family? Does sister-hood for the Wilde sisters differ from how it is for Romy and Bella? Does the sisterhood bond differ from brotherhood or from the bond between sib-lings of different genders? If so, how and why?

  3. The novel asks us to consider how far we would go to protect those we love. Were you surprised by the decisions the Wilde sisters make? Margot thinks they are “bonded by blood” (p. 2). Do you think the sisters committed a crime? If so, are they all equally guilty?

  4. When talking about Sybil, Moll tells Margot, “Like I believe in the Good Lord, she believes in Audrey” (p. 194). What does Moll mean? Discuss the role of faith in the novel. How does Sybil’s faith in Audrey shape her character? What does Margot have faith in? What about Jessie?

  5. Margot misses Audrey terribly at the beginning of the novel, but as the summer progresses, her rela-tionship to Audrey seems to change as well. What does Audrey’s friendship mean to Margot? Why do you think Margot goes along with Sybil’s fantasy? How does pretending to be Audrey change Margot?

  6. Margot thinks “Applecote Manor was summer” (p. 38). How does visiting Perry and Sybil change the Wilde girls? Did a place you went as a child offer you a similar sense of freedom? Do you re-member a particular summer in which you think your life changed?

  7. Jessie feels as though she was destined to live at Applecote, and Margot also feels a lifelong bond with the property. Have you ever been drawn to a place? Why do you think the house calls to Jessie the way it does? Is its pull different for Margot?

  8. Jessie and Will believe that Applecote Manor may be a “gentler, more benign” place than London, a city that “forces girls to grow up too fast, strips them of their innocence” (p. 3). Do you agree with their decision to move the girls? How does the house prove their expectations wrong? Have you ever moved somewhere in hopes of achieving a different lifestyle?

  9. As the summer goes on, Margot notices that Sybil and Perry “are really one system, redistributing their appetites, that the marriage that once looked so dead may actually be alive at the roots” (p. 202). How does the novel portray marriage? How does marriage for Sybil and Perry differ from marriage for Jessie and Will, or for Will and Mandy?

  10. Were you surprised by Harry’s confession to Margot? Why or why not? How do you feel about the way Audrey’s story ends?

Source: https://www.scribd.com/document/354773273/Book-Club-Kits-for-THE-WILDLING-SISTERS

Book Summary

The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase

 

Four sisters. One summer. A lifetime of secrets.

When fifteen-year-old Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote Manor in June 1959, they expect a quiet English country summer. Instead, they find their aunt and uncle still reeling from the disappearance of their daughter, Audrey, five years before. As the sisters become divided by new tensions when two handsome neighbors drop by, Margot finds herself drawn into the life Audrey left behind. When the summer takes a deadly turn, the girls must unite behind an unthinkable choice or find themselves torn apart forever.

Fifty years later, Jesse is desperate to move her family out of their London home, where signs of her widower husband’s previous wife are around every corner. Gorgeous Applecote Manor, nestled in the English countryside, seems the perfect solution. But Jesse finds herself increasingly isolated in their new sprawling home, at odds with her fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, and haunted by the strange rumors that surround the manor.

An interview with the author

Interview

Q: The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde is a time-slip book. You write about a child going missing in the past and the solving of the mystery many years later…

A: Crime and loss ripples through generations, doesn’t it? It trickles down, impacting lives in unforeseen ways. When Audrey goes missing in the fifties her disappearance rips a hole in the fabric of many lives. Her parents are blindsided, obviously – time stops still for them – but Audrey’s cousins – the four Wilde sisters – are all shaped by it too. Our narrator, Margot Wilde, never gives up trying to find out what happened. Decades later, a modern family is drawn into the mystery. The truth is necessary, even years later. The past can’t be put to bed without it.

Yet Applecote Manor, where the novel is set and this terrible event happened, is idyllic…

Terrible things happen in beautiful places! Applecote Manor is an exquisite Cotswolds house, rose-blanketed and nestled on the dreamy meadow banks of the Thames. We first visit during the simmering heatwave of 1959. One of the inspirations for the house was Kelmscott Manor, the arts and crafts retreat of William Morris: Morris called it, ‘The loveliest haunt of ancient peace.’ And this is true of Applecote too. Of course, Applecote’s peace is cruelly shattered. The sweet scent of roses becomes cloying for Margot and, decades later, a young family fleeing London for the imaginary safe harbour of the countryside.

Another Interview with the Author

Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

In no particular order: I only started driving in my forties; I was phobic of dogs until I got one last year; I can whittle away hours looking at garden plants online; I love ferns, Johnny Cash and dark chocolate; I’m totally addicted to The Crown on Netflix.

2) You write about family secrets, what was the inspiration behind Audrey’s mysterious disappearance?

A child disappearing is a primal thing. We’ve all had that moment, in a supermarket or a parking lot, when we look around and can’t see our child. The heart stops. Life stops - until we catch sight of them again. I wanted to write about that.

3) Applecote Manor is a house with a history, is it based on a real place, where/how did you get the idea to write about it?

There’s no real life Applecote Manor, although I’m sure a trawl through Oxfordshire’s real estate could cast a house for the movie version. (If only!) One of the inspirations for the house is Kelmscott Manor, the Cotswolds retreat of the arts and crafts movement and William Morris. It’s a wonderful house, beautifully preserved and open to visitors. Morris called it, ‘the loveliest haunt of ancient peace.’ And I agree. 
https://www.sal.org.uk/kelmscott-manor/

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