Island on the Edge of the World follows the stories of four women as they venture through the teeming, colourful streets of Port-au-Prince, into the worlds of do-gooders doing more harm than good, Vodou practitioners, artists, activists, and everyday Haitian men and women determined to survive against all odds.
Take a look at the questions below, and get your book club discussion off to a great start.
Discussion points and questions:
- What were your impressions of Haiti before you read this book?
- Did your impressions about Haiti and/or the Haitian people change after reading it?
- Was there anything about Haiti in this book that you found surprising?
- What did you find most interesting about the Haitian culture?
- Would you be interested in traveling to Haiti?
- Have you ever been involved in charitable causes? How effective do you think your efforts were?
- If you were involved in a group dedicated to helping those in need in other countries, what would your suggested approach be?
- Have you ever had experience with a psychic medium? If so, what was it like?
- Do you know anyone who grew up, like Charlie, as a third-culture kid, raised in a culture other than their parents’ or the one listed on their passport? How did that affect them, both positively and negatively?
- Do you confide in your hairdresser in ways you don’t with your friends? Does she/he know more about you than others might?