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The Elegant Gathering of White Snows

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1. What is the source of healing among the Elegant Gathering women? Why is it so essential for them to gather without men present? What are some of the distinctions you perceive between all-male gatherings and all-female ones?

2. Why do you suppose the eight women chose to take a walk—an active, visible pursuit—rather than go on retreat? Where would you go if you decided to embark on a spontaneous pilgrimage

3. The primary source of Alices sorrow is the death of her newborn daughter, who was born with “a hole in her heart.” What prevents Alice from fully coping with the subsequent emptiness in her own heart?

4. Does J.J.s experience represent a shift in attitudes regarding sexual violence against women? Do you think J.J. would have fared better in one of todays high schools?

5. What does Chriss career crisis illustrate about the contradictions experienced by women who joined the ranks of wage earners during the 1970s?

6. Sandys story illustrates the bliss of love and the bitter pain of loss. Besides introducing her to Lenny, what gifts does this walk bring to Sandy?

7. Gail carries the emotional scars of her fathers sudden departure when she was a little girl. When her mother rejects Gails beloved brother, Gail has to redefine family to fit the fragile bonds left to her. In what way does this situation shape her own future as a woman?

8. Susan, whose shattered glass opens the novel, faces numerous other shattering experiences in the form of a terrible marriage and, ultimately, the decision of whether to terminate her pregnancy. How would you have put the pieces together again had you been in her situation?

9. Marys feelings of obligation keep her from completing the walk with the others, but she plays an important role as their liaison with the outside world. How would you characterize her role? Do you consider it to be uplifting, bittersweet, sad?

10. What universal lessons can be gained from the way Janice confronts her depression? To what do you attribute her survival?

11. Do you believe that behavioral differences between genders are due to nature or nurture? What are the causes of sexism, against men as well as women? Discuss solutions—both realistic ones and long shots—for resolving the kinds of emotional pain brought to light by The Elegant Gathering of White Snows.

12. If you had walked with the Elegant Gathering women, what burdens from your life would you have wanted to relinquish?

13. Gail makes a poignant fireside observation: “You know, we are the only ones who have been looking for ourselves.” Is this process of self-discovery ultimately a solitary one?

14. Gail makes a poignant fireside observation: “You know, we are the only ones who have been looking for ourselves.” Is this process of self-discovery ultimately a solitary one?

15. The novel is sprinkled with news releases about the Women Walkers activities. Try composing your own news release describing a liberating activity you sometimes imagine undertaking.

16. What new definitions of sexuality and love did you gain from the novel?

17. Many additional characters are introduced through the Women Walker Effect. Which of these stories was most memorable for you? In what way do the media, and storytelling in general, sustain women worldwide?

18. Did you experience the Women Walker Effect while reading the novel? If so, what are some of the new directions you will embark on as a result?

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Reina, September 20, 2007 (view all comments by Reina)
Radish's book is somewhat enjoyable, but I would not read any of her other books. "Gathering" is a bit strident at times, as well as faulty stylistically; I don't read novels to be yelled at about feminism, which is how this book often feels. If you are looking for gentle, fun, or better written novels of female friendship, turn to authors Lorna Landvik(fun), Jennifer Chiaverini(gentle), and Joan Medlicott(both).
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carolnec, May 22, 2007 (view all comments by carolnec)
Read Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral and enjoyed it so much, decided to read The Elegant Gathering of White Snows. SInce I'm of that "certain age", I can relate to much of what these eight women were experiencing and the depth of their friendship. Their wish to remain true to themselves and to each other and their recognition of their own worth was what many of us went through before finally "settling down." I loved the writing, the descriptions, and the language. A bit overdone, perhaps, and a bit too long, but a really great read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553382419
Author:
Radish, Kris
Publisher:
Bantam
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Wisconsin
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 65.
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.31x5.11x.78 in. .67 lbs.

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"Review" by , "A rallying cry for the empowerment of women, Radish's novel is also a celebration of the strong bond that exists between female friends."
"Review" by , I wish I could buy a copy for every woman I've ever met."
"Synopsis" by , Just after midnight in a small town, eight women begin walking together down a rural highway. But on this particular Thursday, they decide to disappear from their own lives. A breathtaking achievement, Radish tells an incomparable tale of friendship and love, loss, and liberation.
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