The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg READING GUIDE
Betsy Robinson is a novelist, journalist, and editor who lives in New York City. For many years she was an actor and playwright. Her first novel, Plan Z by Leslie Kove (a funny Vietnam/PTSD-era odyssey), won Mid-List Press's First Novel Series Award and was published in 2001, right after the World Trade Center attack. The Last Will & Testament is her second-published novel.
SUMMARY OF THE BOOK:
Zelda McFigg is 4'11", 237 pounds, has never met a rule she hasn't broken, and believes she could have been somebody, if only someone had recognized her inner beauty and star quality. She runs away from home at age 14, and at age 49 1/4 (living in circumstances that only become known at the end of the book) she decides to write her furiously funny memoir to "set the record straight" about who she is and how under-appreciated she has been.
1. What was your initial reaction to the book and the character of Zelda McFigg? And depending on that reaction, were you propelled to read on, or turned off? Why?
2. How credible or believable was Zelda? Did you get the true story from her or through her?
3. How did she and the other characters change throughout the story, and how did your opinion of them change?
4. What character or characters did you connect with? Could you connect with Zelda? Do you have any of her characteristics or secrets?
5. What did you think of the ending?
6. If you were to imagine what happens to Zelda after the book is over, what would it be?
7. Did the book change your opinion about anything? Is there anything that you found yourself thinking about after finishing it?
8. If the book were made into a movie, who should play the parts?
9. What were the themes of the book? Did you notice or think about the epigraphs at the beginning? If so, how did they affect you?
10. What did you think of Zelda's affinity to Jack London's The Call of the Wild?
11. Did you find the book funny? Sad? Why?
12. What did you think of the plot?
This reading group guide is provided by Small Press Distribution to Engage as You Age as part of the "I Remember Project" to support reading groups for seniors in Marin Country. SPD's "I Remember Project" is generously supported by the Marin Community Foundation.