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People of the Book: Discussion Question #1

One Book - One LincolnpeopleofthebookGreetings, fellow One Book fans! Over the course of the next several weeks, we’re going to post discussion questions about Geraldine Brooks’ People of the Book, from the official discussion guide, both here and on the One Book Facebook page. Join us at either online location to post your responses to any or all of the questions as a reply comment.

Discussion Question #1: When Hanna implores Ozren to solicit a second opinion on Alia’s condition, he becomes angry and tells her, “Not every story has a happy ending” (p. 37 – paperback edition). To what extent do you believe that their perspectives on tragedy and death are cultural? To what extent are they personal?

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