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Discussion Questions

Scent of Triumph: A Novel of Perfume and Passion

1. In the beginning of the story, Danielle is constrained by societal values, but as the story progresses, she shuns convention. Why do you think her beliefs and behavior changed?

2. Women’s career roles in history underwent seismic shifts during World War II. Do you think that Danielle’s motivation for business was external, internal, or both? Why?

3. How would today’s modern communications of mobile phones, email and satellite media have changed this story? The relationship between Danielle and Jon? The war itself?

4. Danielle experienced many scenes through her sense of smell. What are your favorite olfactory observations in this story?

5. How does Danielle’s keen sense of smell add to setting and characterization?

6. Danielle and Max make the distinction between Germany and the Nazi party. How does this conflict affect their relationship? How do politics affect other relationships in the families?

7. When Danielle is launching her perfume line at Bullock’s Wilshire in Los Angles, she realizes she feels like an American. What do you think she meant by that? Do you have any stories of immigration in your own family?

8. Do you know what year women in your country gained the right to vote? The right to own property? Can you imagine how having new access to these rights might have motivated women? Why or why not?

9. Danielle never gives up hope of finding her son, and senses that he still lives. Do you think parents have a sixth sense about the well-being of their children?

10. As an entrepreneur, what were Danielle’s challenges and keys to success? Do you have any entrepreneurial ambitions, or have you ever started a new venture? Do you know where might you find business advice in your community or network?


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Scent of Triumph: A Novel of Perfume and Passion
by Jan Moran