As promised, here are some of the discussion questions for David Wroblewski’s The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel that my book club brought up:
- It is quite rare that a person is born mute but not deaf. How do you think the fact that Edgar could hear but not speak, added or detracted from this story and his relationships with the people and animals in his life?
- Tell us about your pet(s) or comment on how you feel about dogs, dog breeding and training.
- Claude is a curious presence in the story. What does he want, when did he start wanting it and how do you feel about the ways he went about obtaining what mattered most to him?
- The book contains much symbolism and some unexplained events that are left to the reader’s interpretation to understand. Give one (at least) example of symbolism, or a mystery, and explain how you came to understand this by using your imagination and/or logic to determine how it best fit within the story.