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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Acorn Stories:
Discussion Questions for Reading Groups/Book Clubs.

Was your home town anything like Acorn? If so, how?

How would setting The Acorn Stories some place other than West Texas change it?

How would changing the nonlinear structure of stories like “Knock” and “Mae” affect the stories?

Which characters did you like most in The Acorn Stories? Why? Did any of them remind you of yourself or anyone you know? Are the characters you enjoyed most necessarily ones that you would want to meet in real life?

The stories “Echoes” and “Come With Me” both take their names from paintings, while “Survival” takes its name from a student essay. How do the themes and imagery from those internal, creative works affect the overall stories? Is creativity a theme in any of the other stories?

Why do some of the characters in The Acorn Stories seem to care so much about names, and variances of names?

The Acorn Stories is a story collection, but does it resemble a novel?

Many characters reoccur in this collection. Are there any who seem important to the overall book, rather than just to one or two particular stories?

Texas contains many odd-named towns, counties, etc. Some of those names appear in The Acorn Stories and its spin-off, The Acorn Gathering. Did you catch any?

How do acorns work as a metaphor in The Acorn Stories? Are there other metaphors in the book?

Does The Acorn Stories reflect the diversity of Texans? Americans?

Which books would you suggest for people who like The Acorn Stories?

Discuss The Acorn Stories at GoodReads.


Read the reviews at Kirkus, Amazon.Com, bn.com (2nd edition), and bn.com (1st edition).

Excerpts from The Acorn Stories
The Individual Stories
Historical Acorn, Texas
Book Trailer
The Acorn Gathering, a Spin-off from The Acorn Stories