Skip to main content

Reading Group Guide

Discussion Questions

Arranged Marriage

1. How do the physical and psychological landscapes of India and America differ in these stories?

2. "The Word Love" is written in second person. What does this unusual choice of voice add to the meaning and impact of the story?

3. The mother-daughter relationship is a central theme in many of these stories. Is the author making a general comment about this relationship?

4. Most of the stories in this collection focus on women who are in serious danger, be it physical, emotional, or both. Do the stories leave you reason to be hopeful for these women? How?

5. Do the women in these stories view themselves as having choices? Are they correct in their views, or are they deluding themselves?

Arranged Marriage
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

  • Publication Date: May 1, 1996
  • Genres: Short Stories
  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN-10: 0385483503
  • ISBN-13: 9780385483506