Circling the Sun Discussion Questions

  1. Why do you think the author chose the title “Circling the Sun”?
  2. At the beginning of the book, Beryl says that her father’s farm in Njoro was “the one place in the world I’d been made for”. Do you think this is true? Do you think she fits in Kenya better than some of the other expatriates?
  3. Do you think Beryl’s father was a good parent? If asked, do you think Beryl would have said he was a good parent?
  4. Why do you think D fired Beryl and sent her away after Jock's attack? Do you think he was right to do so?
  5. Denys is already involved with Karen. Why do you think Beryl still pursued him even though he was already attached?
  6. What did you think about Karen and Beryl’s relationship? Was it a good friendship, even if it was complicated by their love triangle with Denys?
  7. Beryl is a very strong, independent woman. At what point do you think that helps her in the book? Is she ever too independent?
  8. Beryl’s mother abandoned her when she was younger. When Beryl has a child, she vows to be the polar opposite of her own mother. Does she succeed?
  9. Do you agree with her decision to shift from horse training to aviation? Why do you think she made the shift?
  10. Do you think Beryl found her place in the world by the end of the book?

Circling the Sun Cover Image Title: Circling the Sun
Author: Paula McLain
When: August 28, 2017
Summary: Beryl Markhalm was born in England and raised in Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun tells the story of the wild Beryl making her own way in life as a horse trainer. Eventually she meets the intriguing Denys Finch Hatton and learns about the wonderful world of aviation. Get ready for a wild ride.

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