This reading group guide for Eye of the Whale includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Douglas Carlton Abrams. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. Introduction
Elizabeth McKay is a dedicated marine biology student who has traveled the world attempting to crack the seemingly impossible code of humpback whale communication. When an injured humpback swims up the Sacramento River, Elizabeth must decipher his strange and unprecedented song in order to save him. She soon finds herself a media sensation as the world eagerly tunes in to her work with the stranded whale. But as she comes closer to discovering the truth, powerful forces emerge that do not want the whale’s secrets revealed and will do anything it takes to get what they want. With her marriage, career, and life at stake, Elizabeth must make drastic choices that will have greater consequences than she could possibly imagine. Questions for Discussion
1. How does Abrams foreshadow some of the events of the novel? Consider symbols such as Elizabeth’s wedding ring and the behaviors of various characters.
2. Discuss the theme of parent–child relationships in the novel. Con