Book Club Discussion Questions

If I were to sum up the essence of this story (what it’s about, its message) in one or two sentences, how would I express it?

What significant changes did I observe in the three main characters (Célèste De Smet, Mother Marie-Thérèse / Tesse, and Fr. Tom Jensen) across the narrative arc of the story?

What did I learn from this story that I did not know before? Or, what did I come to understand in a new and different way?

What did I find most moving about this novel? most disturbing?

Would I recommend this book to friends? Why or why not?

Is there a particular person that I want to tell about this book? Why do I think that person would be interested in the story of a priest and nun who survived such a brutal crime?