The Life We Bury
by Allen Eskens
Discussion Questions:
1. How did you experience the book? Were you immediately drawn into the story—or did it take you a while? Did the book intrigue, amuse, disturb, alienate, irritate, or frighten you?

2. What aspects of the novel did the author draw from to come up with the title for The Life We Bury?

3. Which character, if any, did you identify with the most? Why?

4. Was there a particular scene that resonated with you or stayed with you after you finished the novel?

5.How did you feel about the character of Carl Iverson when he was first introduced?

6. Would you say that the story is plot driven or character driven? In other words, do events unfold quickly? Or is more time spent developing characters' inner lives? Does it make a difference to your enjoyment?

7.How does guilt affect or influence the various characters?

8. What would you say are Joe's strongest character traits?

9. If you could change the character of Joe Talbert, what would you change?

(Discussion Questions by Publisher)


Book Club Talking Points:
This book has many discussion worthy threads. Joe’s mother is an alcoholic with bi polar disorder, which makes for dysfunctional family relationships. Joe also carries a lot of guilt about his mother and his autistic brother. He struggles with what loyalty to family means and his role as both brother and son as he moves towards breaking the childhood shackles. Joe also learns to forgive himself.
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