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Minding Frankie

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Reading Group Guide

1. Have you read any of Maeve Binchy’s other novels? How does this one compare?

2. If you’ve read other Binchy books, which characters did you recognize? Are there any you’d like to see in a future novel?

3. There are many parents in the book. Who would you say does the best job, and why?

4. There are a number of recent retirees, voluntary and otherwise, who become an important part of Frankie’s life. What kind of roles do her grandparents, Josie and Charles, take on? What about Dr. Hat and Muttie? More generally, what do the very young and the very mature have to offer each other?  Which generation do you think needs the other more?

5. “Emily told herself that she must not try to change the world. . . . But there were some irresistible forces that could never be fought with logic and practicality. Emily Lynch knew this for certain” (page 27). What “irresistible forces” does she mean? How does she fight them?

6. It’s clear what Noel gets from his relationship with Emily, but what does she get? How does the effect of alcoholism bond them? 

7. Discuss Lisa’s relationship with Anton. Why is she so oblivious to his less attractive qualities? What is her turning point?

8. Why is Moira so obsessed with Frankie’s fate? Is it just fear, or is there something more going on?

9. How does Moira define “family”? How does Emily?

10. Lisa says to Moira, “I have a lot of worries and considerations in my life, but minding Frankie sort of grounds me. It gives it all some purpose, if you know what I mean” (page 297). Among Frankie’s caretakers, who else might say this?

11. Discuss the ethics of Moira’s dealings with Eddie Kennedy. Should she have told him about her father?

12. Anton says to Lisa, “I’m not the villain here, you know,” and she responds, “I know. That’s why I’m angry. I got it so wrong . . . ” (page 388) What does she mean?

13. What did you think of Di Kelly’s reason for staying with her husband? What would you have done?

14. What is your opinion of Noel’s decision to get a DNA test? How would you have handled the results he received?

15. Many of the characters go through major upheavals in their lives. Who responds best, and why? Whose attitude changes the most?

16. What did you think of Stella’s letter to Frankie? What did we learn from it?

(For a complete list of available reading group guides, and to sign up for the Reading Group Center enewsletter, visit www.readinggroupcenter.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307475497
Author:
Binchy, Maeve
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
ireland;fiction;alcoholism;relationships;family;dublin;fatherhood;novel;community;love;irish
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
6.87 x 4.16 x 1.14 in 0.54 lb

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Product details 512 pages Anchor Books - English 9780307475497 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he reluctantly agrees to take care of the baby girl. Along with the help of a caring network of friends, family and neighbors—including Lisa, his broken-hearted classmate, and Emily, his American cousin—Noel adapts to his new responsibilities. But when a nosy social worker decides to get involved, she threatens to ruin their unconventional but special arrangement. It will be up to Noel to persuade her that everyone in the neighborhood has something to offer when it comes to minding Frankie.
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