Book Clubs

Barbs Daughter in law

The Kurdish Bike is very popular with book clubs. The author will give a free presentation to your club upon request, showing photos of real people in the book and explaining what they are doing today. If you are located near Santa Cruz, California, she will come in person and dress up your members in real Kurdish clothing.

Many public libraries have book club kits, providing a dozen or more copies to local groups. Just ask your librarian.

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever wanted to leave everything and move to a foreign country, like Theresa did? Did you ever do so? Why, or why not?
  2. Did you approve of the way Theresa tried to balance Kurdish and Western values? What could/should she have done differently?
  3. Do you think that Seema ended up being cut? Was it important to know for sure?
  4. If you were one of the expat teachers at The Fortress, what would you have done about the issue of academic integrity?
  5. The novel takes place in a peaceful window after Al Qaeda and just before the rise of ISIS. How do you think Rabinowitz reacted to ISIS taking over large swaths of Iraq?
  6. Do you think Theresa was brave versus foolish? Naive? Overly trusting? A hero or a victim? What decisions would you have made differently?
  7. Is there anything that Theresa could/should have done to protect Soz or Bezma?
  8. Who was your favorite character, and why? Was there one character that you especially related to?
  9. How might the story have changed if Theresa were 27, 37 or 47 instead of 57? What if she had been a man instead of a woman?

Do you have other questions — either for the author or other book groups? We’d love to hear them. Write to us.

Does your book club prepared book-themed meals? Click here for suggested Kurdish Recipes.

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