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Questions for Book Clubs

  1. Do the citizens of an affluent society have anything in common with each other?
  2. Why do they live such disparate lives, avoiding more than superficial contact even in the close confines of a city?
  3. What, if anything, is the catalyst that brings the residents of Locust Street together?
  4. Who among the residents of Locust Street demonstrates signs of insanity, and why?
  5. Discuss the importance of where you live in the grand scheme of things. Where do you live, and how has this affected your life?
  6. What are some possible explanations for the title of the book?
  7. How do the different residents of Locust Street deal with the stress in their lives? Are they successful?
  8. Is there evidence of discrimination against mental illness in Requiem for Locusts?
  9. Although sisters never interact directly, sibling relationships nevertheless are an integral part of the story. Discuss the relationship of Janice and Marzita to their respective sisters, and why/how these relationships have shaped their lives.
  10. Has the book altered your perception of your own neighborhood? In what way?