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The Blue Orchard Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

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

''The Blue Orchard'' is a novel that examines women's lives and abortion in the mid-20th century. The following questions can help guide your class through a discussion on this book and its sensitive themes.

The Blue Orchard

The Blue Orchard is a 2010 novel by Jackson Taylor. It is a fictionalization based on actual events from the life of his grandmother. The story is lauded for its hard look at topics that many novels shy away from and for the complexity with which it treats these issues. While this means that it is ripe for discussion, it also means that this novel may contain triggers for some students. Please be aware that not only are rape, racism, and violence parts of the plot, but the story itself is focused heavily around abortions. It is advisable to discuss some of these ideas with students prior to beginning this book. Once students have completed The Blue Orchard, these questions can help guide a class discussion on the themes, events, and characters of the novel.

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