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Happy Hour Discussion Board
The digital book club, Together We Read, is featuring Happy Hour with no waitlists or holds through 20 September. Share your thoughts about the title with readers across Australia. Discussion begins 6 September and ends 27 September.
Frank, while gone, could still be considered a significant a character in Happy Hour. How do you think the presence of Frank in the photographs contributes to the narrative? What does Franny’s conversations with him reveal to us?
Franny is a complex character who is struggling with immense grief, and her ability to connect with others because of it. She often comes across as cold or cruel in her attempts to protect herself from further hurt. How did you feel about how Franny treated those who used to be closest to her?
Motherhood is another central theme in the book. Both Sallyanne and Franny have struggled with their identity as a mother, Sallyanne feeling that she fails to be a good single parent and Franny believing that she was never meant to be a mother after the death of Tilly. Franny also has people ask her multiple times why she chose not to have children.