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Discussion Questions

  1. Which character did you relate to most, and why?
  2. What did you think of the friendship between Julie and Nellie?
  3. It takes a while for Julie and Nellie to find their confidence, despite being intelligent, beautiful, self-made women – what do you think was the turning point in their story?
  4. When you consider the traditional beadwork and the modern shoes on the cover, how does this book present the modern lives of Indigenous People?  
  5. What did you learn about the lives of Indigenous People?  What surprised you most about their lives off reserve?
  6. Family relationships and motherhood are key elements in the book.  In what way were these relationships positive and in what way were they negative?
  7. Dumont has written literary works, for newspapers, stand-up routines, etc.  What did you like about her writing technique and what will you remember about reading this book?