This reading group guide for Three Stages of Amazement includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Carol Edgarian. 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
Seventeen years after the publication of her acclaimed debut novel, Rise the Euphrates
, Carol Edgarian returns to fiction with the bracingly intelligent and compassionate Three Stages of Amazement
. Set in San Francisco as the Great Recession descends upon the country, Edgarian’s novel is a thoughtful and riveting look at modern marriage, with an unforgettable cast of characters. She describes the promises we struggle to keep, the secrets that everyone knows and lives with, and the thousands of small compromises we make to remain a family.TOPICS AND QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1. Three Stages of Amazement
is divided into the sections Silence, Disbelief, and Talk. Discuss what you think Edgarian means by these concepts. How do the characters deal with amazement (in all its forms) and how does that drive much of the plot of the book?
2. In an early scene between Charlie and Swanson, we come across this line: “They were, afte