> Skip to content

Book clubs  •  21 May 2021

 

Secrets My Father Kept book club notes

A captivating novel about love, sacrifice, secrets and resilience that's perfect for book club.

Set in Poland on the eve of the Second World War, Secrets My Father Kept is the gripping story of a young woman determined to uncover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance and the dark secret from her father's past. Use the questions below to get the conversation started at your next book club meeting.

Discussion points and questions:

  • Rachel Givney has described Secrets My Father Kept as a feminist fairytale. What do you think she means by this? And what fairytale elements are there in the story?
  • Why is Marie so determined to find her mother? What is she really searching for?
  • When you first read that Marie wanted to convert to Judaism, what were your thoughts? Did she understand the risk she was taking? Was she being romantic or reckless?
  • ‘People only see what they want to see.’ How true do you think this is, both in life and in the context of the story?
  • Was Dominik right to keep the secret(s) he did? And was what he calls his ‘questionable deed’ worth it?
  • What did you think about Dominik and Johnny’s friendship? Do you think Johnny guessed the secret by the end?
  • What response did you have to the opposition Marie faces to her dream of becoming a doctor?
  • Why do you think the author chose to end the novel on the day World War II begins?
  • At the end of the story, war is at their doorstep and everything is changing. What do you think Dominik does next?
  • Compare what Ben says about being unable to change his religion with the decision Helena has to make.
  • What are the similarities and differences between Dominik and Marie?

Secrets My Father Kept Rachel Givney

Set in Poland on the eve of the Second World War, Secrets My Father Kept is the gripping story of a young woman determined to uncover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance and the dark secret from her father's past.

Buy now
Buy now

More features

See all
Q&A
Rachel Givney Q&A

We sat down with the Jane in Love author to chat all things Austen, 1800s England, and artists with disastrous romantic lives.

News
Indie Book Awards 2022 shortlist revealed

We're excited to announce four of our authors have made it to the shortlist.

Article
Cooper Not Out: An interview with Justin Smith and Matt Day

Cooper Not Out author Justin Smith chats to audiobook narrator Matt Day about his delightfully uplifting Australian novel.

News
Indie Book Awards 2022 longlist announced

Congratulations to our five authors who have been longlisted for the awards.

News
Tim Winton unveils new book covers

To celebrate 40 years of Tim Winton's publishing career, we are re-releasing 18 of his titles with all new book covers.

Article
Author reveals process behind new Friday Barnes book cover

The author of the much-loved series offers a behind-the-scenes look at how she creates her eye-catching book covers.

Article
One of Us is Lying: Meet the suspects

Five students get detention, only four leave alive. How far would you go to protect your secrets?

Article
Top 5 unmissable Aussie books of 2021

A list of page turners we recommend you read this year.

Article
2021 Booker Prize winner announced

It's third time lucky for Damon Galgut, who won the Booker Prize after being shortlisted twice before.

Article
Truth behind Reese's book club success

Everybody is raving about Reese Witherspoon's book club — here are the reasons for its success.

Article
Books for when you need a good cry

Grab a box of tissues because these books are sure to get the waterworks flowing.

Article
5 tips for buying the perfect Christmas gift

We all want to buy a gift friends and family will love unwrapping this Christmas. Here are five tips for picking a book they'll want to devour.

Looking for more book club notes?

See all book club notes