WAGGONERS GAP READING GROUP GUIDE
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Overview Discussion Questions Author Q&A Excerpt
Waggoners Gap, a spiritual place with unique natural beauty and breathtaking vistas, overlooks the Cumberland Valley near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It is also apivotal locale in the sweeping story of two disparate families fighting for survivaland success in the dark decades surrounding World War II.The Genero clan is at the heart of the story. The lives of Marta, Phillip, and theirson and daughter, are inevitably affected by a richer and more influential family,the Monarchs, who control industry and employment for most of the peopleliving in the shadow of Waggoners Gap. The generational confluence of theseplayers begins during World War I, reaches through the Great Depression, andculminates in World War II when the Genero children enlist to support the wareffort. Meanwhile, the lecherous younger Monarch takes over his family’s booming textile business and secretly begins to siphon off profits whilemistreating his employees, including the Generos.The saga winds from Waggoners Gap to army training bases, ships at sea, battlefields in Europe and the Pacific, and back again. These truly colorfulcharacters develop and influence each other over the decades. Through it all, inspite of deadly hardships overseas and trouble on the home front, WaggonersGap draws the players together and repels them like a spinning magnet.
Questions for Discussion
, author Tony Peluso weaves together two narratives: onefollowing the Genero family timeline and another offering a fictionalized look atevents in the military history of World War II. What effect did moving back andforth between the storylines have on your experience of reading the book? Were you more drawn to one storyline than the other?2. What was your overall reaction to
? What did you like and, if anything, not like about the novel?