photo of Elizabeth Engstrom by Mary Bartnikowski

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Front cover of Lizard Wine

Lizard Wine discussion questions for

→ Women’s Studies Classes
→ Book Clubs
→ Literature Classes

  1. What did you think the book was about?
  2. Did you find any symbolism in the characters or their actions?
  3. Did you feel that the book fulfilled your expectations?
  4. Did you identify with any of the characters? How so?
  5. Did you enjoy the book? Why? Why not?
  6. Why do you think Tulie or Rebecca wanted to hang out with Elise?
  7. How did the book compare to other books by Elizabeth Engstrom (or other books in the same genre)?
  8. Did the story pull you in, or did you have to force yourself to read the book?
  9. How realistic were the characters? Would you want to meet any of them?
  10. Why do you think the girls went with Ross?
  11. Did the actions of the characters seem plausible? Why? Why not?
  12. What could Elise have done differently as she grew up that might have changed the outcome of her life?
  13. Did you feel you were experiencing the time and place in which the book was set?
  14. How would the book have been different if it had taken place in a different time or place?
  15. Did the girls deserve what happened to them?
  16. Did the “flashback structure” of the book add good depth to the story, or did you find it intrusive?
  17. Did the book end the way you expected? Was the ending satisfactory?