A Special Place for Women by Laura HankinDiscussion Questions
1. What’s your opinion on spaces meant for women only? Have you had any personal experience with them?
2. What do you think of Jillian’s ultimate decision about her article? Would you have made the same choice?
3. The novel’s title references the famous Madeleine Albright quote, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t support other women.” How do the characters embody or go against her words?
4. What do you think of Jillian’s view of things we cannot prove—like astrology and the occult—and how that view changes over the course of the book?
5. How did you hope the love triangle would resolve? What do you think drew Jillian to each of these two very different men?
6. One of the book’s major themes is about the appeal of truly belonging. Would you want to belong to a club like Nevertheless? If so, how would you get yourself in?
7. Did you find your perceptions of any of the characters changing over the course of the book? Who surprised you the most? And if you could hear the events of the book from another character’s point of view, who would you choose?
8. What did you think of how the book played with different genres, from satire to romance to the occult?
9. Share your thoughts on the scandal involving Nicole Woo-Martin, and how that relates to the book’s view of power and ambition. How do you think that such a scandal would have unfolded with a male politician at its center?
10. What do you think is next for the women of Nevertheless?