I’ve been asked to supply questions for book clubs and reading circles. Here are a few I came up with just to get things started. If you have some you’d like me to add, send them along!



Questions about The HomePort Journals

  1. What was your first impression of Marc?
  2. And Helena?
  3. In your estimation, who was the most sympathetic character?
  4. How did your opinion of Captain Staunton change throughout the story? Were you surprised by his role in events?
  5. What were your thoughts about the setting of the novel? Would you live in Provincetown? Year round?
  6. Why do you think Marc was so determined to help Cole even though he kept ruling him out as a romantic interest?
  7. Does Marc come off as unfeeling to you when he reacts to Cole’s portrait of him? Were Marc’s reservations about own emotional readiness legitimate or was he just being a drama queen?
  8. Armistead Maupin calls the family gay folks often create the “logical” vs. “biological” family. The HomePort Journals makes such a family of gay, straight, and elderly people. Does that work for you, and if so why? If not, why?
  9. Were you surprised by the ending of the novel? Why or why not?
  10. What do you think will happen next to the main characters?