THE RIGHT THING

By Amy Conner
Kensington BooksMay 2014
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Trade Paperback288 pages, $15.00, ISBN: 9780758295125
Subject: Friendship / Coming of Age / Relationships

  1. Annie is rich, thin, beautiful, and spoiled as a child. Do you find her a sympathetic character? Why or why not?
  2. As the story unfolds, do you find parallels between the 1960s and 1970s chapters and the present action in 1990?
  3. Responsibility and doing the right thing are dominant themes in the novel. In your opinion, which character best embodies these characteristics?
  4. Another theme is the intense relationships shared by small children. Why do you think Annie and Starr’s childhood bond survives into their adulthood even though they haven’t seen each other in decades?
  5. Is this book, in a sense, a coming-of-age novel? If so, when do you see Annie growing up at last after a lifetime of acting like a child?
  6. Why do you think Annie stays married to Du for so long, especially since it’s obvious that she feels unhappy and stifled in her marriage? Does this give you insight into her character?
  7. Do you think The Right Thing accurately depicts two different eras—attitudes, prejudices, political realities, etc.— in the American South?

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