Book Club Discussion

Book Club Discussion Questions

  1. The sporadic suspension of restrictions of time plays a large part in the premise of Path of the Half Moon. How does the storytelling method enhance the relaxation of time limitations for the reader?
  2. The symbolic image of the moon is prevalent throughout the book. Randy cites a number of facts about the moon that refer to dualism. What other more subtle metaphors regarding the moon might be involved with the story?
  3. There is a strong suggestion that several of the characters are not subject to our normal understanding of life and death. Who are they and what might explain this phenomenon?
  4. One of the story’s themes suggests that there is a fine line between justice and vengeance. Does the story resolve this dilemma?
  5. In the case of the Lieutenant, “indecision leads to tragedy.” How does the Lieutenant’s indecision differ from Curtis?
  6. The story cites a historic animosity between certain Native American tribes. It suggests that the enmity predates the massacre and is perpetuated by it. Do you think the animosity still exists in the present day? Why or why not?
  7. Does Harvey’s family background explain [justify?] or excuse his evil bent?
  8. Randy comments that intelligence and wisdom are two very different facets of the mind. How does this apply to the character of Will Farnsworth?
  9. There seem to be some similarities between Randy and Vince, the narrator. Does this affect the relationship between Curtis and Vince? If, so how?
  10. Who is the old judge, Natchez Mendoza, and why is his relatively minor role central to the story?