Conversations with the Moon: Readers Guide/Discussion Questions

Conversations with the Moonby Amy Neftzger

Discussion questions for this collection of short stories whimsically told from the moon’s point of view of life on earth. The moon shares stories that convey what he has learned about this planet, as well as his curiosity about it. The moon is a spectator to some of life’s most poignant moments. If you have never heard the voice of the moon, perhaps you might enjoy reading what he has to say.

  1. Who or what is the moon? Is this character real or imagined by the narrator?
  2. Why do you think Sydney despised the City Café when she had never been inside?
  3. What did Sydney think she needed? What was she looking for that she thought she couldn’t find in her hometown? Do you think she would have found what she was looking for if she never came home and met Brian again?
  4. In chapter two, do you identify more with Jane or Molly? What was Jane’s motivation for breaking up with Sammy? What did she gain or lose by making this choice? Molly referred to Sammy as Jane’s “doorway to the moon.” Why? What other things can act as a doorway to the moon? Why do you think that are there some doors that we cannot open for ourselves?
  5. Why do you think that the moon is partial to artists? What Emile realistic in his approach to life? Was Henri? How did their approaches to life effect their view of art and vice versa? Do you feel that this story is an accurate portrayal of art (music, painting, or writing) in the modern world?
  6. In chapter four, the moon declares that people are not always honest with themselves during their waking hours. Do you agree or disagree? The truth disturbed Ricardo in his dream. Why do you think that people sometimes don’t want to see the truth? Why is teamwork important in life? Can people get through life without it?
  7. Was it fair of the moon to play tricks on the teenagers in chapter five? Do you think the moon is cold hearted for doing this? Why or why not? Do you think that Josh knew how important Corby was to him before he lost his dog? Do you believe in fate? Why or why not? If so, do you think that fate can be trusted?
  8. What does the story in chapter six tell us about value? What did the ring symbolize for the different owners?
  9. Could either Douglas or Joe have done anything to facilitate a better understanding? Can blame be placed for the loss of this relationship? Why or why not? The moon states that certain things do not last “one instant longer than necessary.” Do you agree or disagree? If you agree, how do you define “necessary”?
  10. Have you learned anything form the moon? Are there things that you would like to tell or teach the moon? Do you think that the moon is all knowing or wise? Please explain why you agree or disagree. Is the moon someone that you would like to meet? Why or why not? If the sun told these stories, would they have the same effect? Would the book be written differently if the sun were the main character? If so, how?