Book Club Questions
Feb 20, 2020 | Articles
- How does the title The Changing Room relate to the book?
- What do you think the author’s purpose was in writing the book?
- Did the structure of the novel (chapters divided into individual perspectives of the three main characters) enhance or detract from the narrative?
- Did the book change your opinion or perspective about any of the social issues raised?
- The service Suitability was based on a real charity (called Dress for Success). Did the book enhance your knowledge and understanding of such an organisation?
- Do you think Claire and Anna overstepped the boundaries of their volunteer roles with their support for Molly? Are you aware of any similar situations?
- The book follows the emerging friendship of 3 different women united through a common cause. How did this friendship develop? Was their friendship plausible?
- The author used dialogue in a particular way to further develop character. Was this an effective technique?
- If you could pick a character from the book to have coffee with, who would it be and what would you talk about?
- What social issues were highlighted in the book and how do you think the author has portrayed the key social issues facing women today?
- The book explores the issue of domestic violence. What insights does it provide to this social problem?
- Despite their differences in age and social class, what similar experiences bring Anna, Claire and Molly together?
- What did you think of the ending of the book?
- Can you envisage the circumstances of each character 5 years on from the end of the novel?
- The city of Sydney is the backdrop for the book. How has this setting influenced the narrative?
- Do you agree with Rosemary when she says that ‘women should be able to wear what they want’ What have been your experiences with wearing what you want?
- What clothes do the main characters wear in the beginning of the novel and did they change?
- Did you learn about fashion, style, make-up from reading the book? Do you have any tips to share?