I am thrilled to know that a fan is using Worked Stiff: Short Stories to Tell Your Boss for their upcoming book club. On a previous post: A Day in the Life and the Premier of Worked Stiff: Short Stories to Tell Your Boss, I received the question: “I am looking for book club discussion questions for Worked Stiff: Short Stories to tell Your Boss. Help, please!”
Certainly the highlight of my day, this question is what makes all the time, worry, and editing worthwhile. I do believe that this salty collection is a great pick for a book club because there is something in those pages for everyone. The collection contains romance, horror, adventure, superstition, robots, jam jars, glances at the future, and friendship. Stories are both long and short. The Audible version will be out soon, from Pamela Hershey, the voice of Letters Never Meant to be Read.
If you find a story just doesn’t jive with you, skip it for later and see if the next one resonates. The Nail is my personal favorite. There are many characters and each story is so different. Feel free to let me know which ones you’d like to see more of.
The collection starts with a breast cancer survivor who finds new life and revenge in ocean and sand. The collection then veers off to Instance of Death where a man goes on a Voodoo trip to New Orleans in order to die after his life goes off the rails. This is one story that I would love to see as a movie. Many stories follow, short and long, all with common themes, one of them the plight of the working class and the consequences of debt. Not all are sad nor happy, not all contain revenge.
Something for everyone.
It all started last fall when I was underemployed. Isn’t that how all mischief starts? I feverishly wrote before the light of day. I tested live on the phone to unsuspecting victims. I was posting these and other stories on my blog.
Without further ado, below are 10 book club discussion questions. Thank you Joan R. Reese. Feel free to send an email with your address to email@example.com and I will send you a signed copy of the paperback version!
Book Club Discussion Questions for Worked Stiff: Short Stories to Tell Your Boss
1. What were the themes of the book? Were they brought to life in a unique way?
2. Has anything ever happened to you similar to what happened in the book? How did you react?
3. What surprised you the most about the book?
4. Do you have a favorite story in the collection? Why?
5. Was there one story you didn’t want to end or think should be a novel by itself?
6. Were there any particular quotes that stood out to you? Why?
7. What did you think of the structure and style of the author’s writing?
8. Did one Point of View/Narration style work better than others?
8. Have you read other books by this author?
9. Did your opinion of the book change as you read it? How?
10. Did the author shed light on the problems and joys concerning everyday people in an entertaining way?