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May 2021 Book Club Recommendation: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson

The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman burrows its way, heart and soul, into the very essence of what it is to be human, to love and joy, heartbreak and hope. It is one of those books that deserves to be shout, shout, shouted about because it is deliciously warm, funny, and engaging while having some incredibly sharp and provocative notes. A debut novel, this LoveReading Star Book is one of the highlights of the year for our team and we think it would make a perfect Book Club pick. There is plenty to talk about within the pages, we can imagine you all chatting about it with a smile, with hands on hearts, with conviction. Do let us know what you think, and whether you agree with us!

We are sure you’ll find plenty to talk about, but here are ten questions to tickle your talking tastebuds:

  • Do you agree that Norman enters the book world as an unforgettable character?
  • How did your feelings for Sadie change as the novel progressed, or did they remain the same?
  • What did having two narrators and such short chapters bring to the novel?
  • What did you think about the relationship between Norman and Sadie?
  • Where did you find the humour in the novel?
  • The potential Dads are very different, did you have a particular favourite?
  • What did you think of Leonard’s relationship with Norman and Sadie?
  • The road trip and car play an important role, why do you think this form of transport was used rather than a train or bus?
  • Does feel-good or uplifting describe this novel for you, if not how would you describe the overall feeling it gave you?

If you missed them, you can catch up on our previous Book Club Recommendations for each month below:

August 2020: A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville

September 2020: Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan

October 2020: Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman.

November 2020: The Illustrated Child by Polly Crosby

December 2020: Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam

January 2021: Victoria Park by Gemma Reeves

February 2021: Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden

March 2021: Barn Club by Robert J Somerville

April 2021: Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller

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