Well, what did y’all think of our latest read?
I thought it was okay. I went into this book with no expectations, but still managed to be disappointed by the time I finished. It was just so sad all around and the last 3 or 4 chapters were rushed – I thought the author could’ve done a better job with the way she “distributed” her story. We got a lot of details in the beginning of the book and by the end, it seemed like she was tired of writing and wrapped it up as quickly as possible.
The book did give me pause when I realized that this fictionalized story could very well have happened. The treatment of non-neuronormative (look at me being all PC) people has come a long way in this society though no doubt, there’s plenty of room for improvement in the way those with challenges are treated – both inside and outside of facilities and group homes. And poor Homan – outside of his hearing loss, there was nothing wrong with him and yet he’d been institutionalized because no one took time to properly assess his status.
Anyhow, I borrowed a few questions from the guide at the back of the book. Feel free to answer any/all of these or just let your thoughts flow free. As always, I’ll be back throughout the course of the day to read y’alls comments and to add more of my own.
1. What did you learn that you didn’t already know about the history of people with disabilities and the ways they were routinely treated by society?
2. Martha’s former students provide her with support for the first several years of Julia’s life. Was there a teacher in your life who meant as much to you as Martha meant to her students?
3. Why do you think Martha took on the incredible responsibility of raising another woman’s child instead of contacting proper authorities? What would you have done in her place?
4. Homan is up against incredible odds in making his way in the world, especially once his uncle Blue dies. Discuss the way that race, impairment, illiteracy, and institutionalization play a part in how he interacts with the world and how the world reacts to him.
Anywho, let’s get into it – what did you think?