Eve and Manny are engaged in post-civil war Israel, but Manny has a secret: he’s falling in love with his religious roots and turning his back on moral relativism. As their wedding date approaches, Manny deserts Eve, and in the midst of this betrayal Eve collides with a pre-soul, leaving her with a choice: reconcile with Manny or else condemn a soul to never living. More than a decade later, Eve has her own secret, one that may save her only son’s life or else tear her family apart.
Book Club Discussion Questions for King of the Class
- Why do you think this book is set in the future? What was the author trying to achieve by doing so?
- Do you think there are good and bad characters in this book? If so, is Eve good or bad? What about her husband Manny?
- Do you think Eve has a good relationship with her sister? What was your opinion of their relationship once Eve's son is kidnapped?
- Some readers have suggested that Eve should divorce Manny and marry Elyakim. What do you think?
- What will be the effects of a kidnapping on such a young boy? What should his parents do to mitigate those effects?
- Do you think it is possible that Israel could really have a civil war and divide into two states? What about your own country? At what point can a nation no longer be called one nation? Is it better to split up or to compromise once if your values are very different?
- Did this book change your perceptions about the Middle East? Would you call it an educational book? Do you think novels should be educational?
- What do you think of the title King of the Class? Does it adequately reflect the novel? To what does the word 'king' allude? Would you have chosen another title?
- Eve is the storyteller in this novel. How would the story have been different if her husband was the narrator?
- Eve and Manny, their relationship and their hardships are a microcosm of what is going on in the society around them. Was that theme strong enough in this book? Were other themes stronger? Which ones?
Eve is alone in a kibbutz guest room. With her eyes closed she can smell Manny’s cologne on the pillow next to her and she sneezes. She reaches for a tissue as she recalls the sales robot’s assurance of only natural fragrances. Holding her hand up to the light, she smiles at her new ring. She turns her hand so that the diamond catches in the sunlight. The squared-off stone is flanked on both sides by each of their birthstones; for April babies that means two smaller, identical diamonds. Eve considers their shared birthstone a sign of fortune.