New York Orphan – Book Group Questions

  1. To what extent is the world better at handling the current migrant crisis than it was in 1850?
  2. Thomas / William tried to hide his past when the Dixon family adopted him. How could he have handled the situation differently?
  3. Which of the characters do you identify with most easily and why?
  4. Was there any other way that Daniel might have stood up to the bullies he encountered? Could he have done anything differently?
  5. What drives some people to stand up for others even when it means taking a risk for themselves?
  6. How have the themes of the book affected your own view of the world around you?
  7. Sarah is worried about having children lest they too grow up as orphans. How much do fears from our past affect our ability to embrace the future?
  8. How important was the rosary as a symbol of hope?
  9. Why is it so difficult to achieve equality between the sexes?
  10. If you could ask me, the author, one question about the book, what would it be?

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