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Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

The following questions are designed to help you guide your students through a structured discussion about Lorna Landvik's 'Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons.'

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons is a 2003 novel by American author Lorna Landvik that examines the lives of a group of friends and the secrets they carry. As the women in this novel learn more about themselves and each other through their book club, this can be a fun book for your students to engage with in a structured discussion. The following discussion questions are intended for high school students.

Questions about Plot and Characters

  • How does Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons begin? How are we introduced to Faith in the prologue? What are the first things we learn about her? Why do you think she chooses to start her own story this way?
  • What is life like for Faith in Minnesota, before the book club? How do we get a sense of her isolation? How does she end up in the snowball fight? How does this turn into a book club? What does this reveal to us about Faith?
  • Why do the women name their book club 'Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons'? How does this immediately frame what this club means to these women? What would you name your book club?
  • What were your initial impressions of Merit, Kari, Slip, and Audrey? What do each of these women represent to Faith?
  • How do the relationships between the women change throughout the novel? What strengthens these relationships? What challenges them? How do the independent lives of the women outside of the book club impact their friendships? Which dynamic/friend relationship did you find most compelling to read about? Why?
  • What is the central conflict in this novel? How it is established? How is it brought to a climax? How is it resolved?
  • By the end of the novel, how have the characters changed? Who do you think has changed the most? Where do we see evidence of this?
  • How does the novel end? What do you think about this ending? How does Slip's illness present one final chance for the women to reaffirm their relationships?

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