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Discussion Questions

The January Girl

1. What about Thandy's childhood do you believe informed her choices as an adult?

2. At the start of the book, Jack is called "a man of exteriors." Does this change? If so, when does it occur?

3. Extramarital affairs are prevalent in today's society. Why do you believe Jack was unfaithful to Etienne?

4. Yvetta and Thandy were estranged for much of the novel. What lessons does their relationship hold for mothers? For daughters?

5. Etienne is not a major character in the novel. Why do you think the author did not include more about her?

6. How is Thandy's behavior at work similar to that of her personal life?

7. Why do you think Thandy forewent calling the police after the theft by an employee was discovered?

8. Why do you think Etienne gave Thandy money after the fire? Would you have done the same?

9. Did Jack love Thandy?

10. Did the people in the story get what they deserved?

The January Girl
by Goldie Taylor

  • Publication Date: April 7, 2008
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 0446179566
  • ISBN-13: 9780446179560