1 . Lightning round
Get the group moving with this lightning round! Pick one of the following, and comment in no more than 30 seconds:
- Did you love Delia or hate her?
- Was the book funny? What tickled your funny bone?
- Who was your favorite character?
- Best moment in the book?
- Worst moment?
How is sex used in the novel? When is it used for recreation? For power? For love? Where do you see abstinence and why? How does sex change throughout the novel?
The relationship between Delia and her mother is fraught. What do you think is at the heart of that? Does it remind you of any relationship in your life?
4. The book starts with a quote from the Gospel of Matthew, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Do you agree or disagree with this sentiment? Does the novel follow through on the spirit of this line?
How is greed explored in the novel? What are the different depictions of greed and possession?
Where is sexism evident in the novel? Is Delia a good example of a women who overcomes sexism or not?
What ethos does Vivianne the Hoarder represent?
8. Honest Horses
Delia’s first sexual experience is with the Hungarian riding master. What important life lessons does she learn from him? What impractical lessons does he leave her with?
In many novels, the location functions like a character. In what ways does New York City function as a character? Do you know New York and/or like it more/less through the novel?
10.Characters & Money
Pick a character and describe what facet of money they depict:
- Aunt Kathleen
11. God & Religion
How does Greedy Heart deal with God, religion and spirituality?
What does a “legacy” initially mean to Delia and what does it come to mean? Have you ever experienced a desire for a legacy? Valuing a legacy?
How do the animals in the novel (parakeets, migratory birds, hawks, pigeons, horses, rats), contribute to the story? What messages and meanings do they reveal?