Book Club Discussion Questions for Balance of Fragile Things

The setting for the novel is based on a village called Endicott in upstate New York. What is unique about the setting of the book and how does it enhance or take away from the story?

What is unique about the weather in Cobalt, NY, and what does it symbolize?

What specific themes does the author emphasize throughout the novel? What do you think she is trying to get across to the reader?

Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?

How do characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes?

In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author's worldview?

Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?

How does the past play a role in the lives of the characters in the Singh/Mazur family?

In what way do Latvia and India influence the character’s identities?

How does American culture influence the characters?

Why is Vic fascinated with butterflies, and how does his fascination change and grow through the novel? What do butterflies symbolize in this novel?

The parent/child relationships in this novel are quite central to the story. How do these relationships influence the decisions the characters make?