Book Clubs

“Book Club Discussion With Local Author Dan Burns”

Invite local author Dan Burns to your next book club discussion. Learn about the inspiration behind Dan’s Chicago-based drama, Recalled to Life, his collection of short fiction, No Turning Back, or his new mystery novel, A Fine Line. Dan will share his thoughts and ideas behind the stories as well the details behind his approach to writing short stories, screenplays, and novels. His thought-provoking books are perfect for your book club list. A free book will be provided for your local library and discounted books are available when you order for the club members prior to the event. (Adults; 90 min; Free)

Please contact the following reference to hear about her successful book club discussion:

Sandra Iosue, Lansing Public Library
2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL 60438
(708) 474-2447x 122


1. Did Peter O'Hara's choices make you consider any choices of your own?

2. How do you feel about the way that Jack's condition was dealt with and treated?

3. Are there any classic books you have read that you feel address similar family issues?

4. What was Jack's medical condition? In the end, what was it that cured him?

5. Were there any questions you were left with at the end of the story? Answers?

6. Do the main characters change by the end of the book? Do they grow or mature? Do they learn something about themselves and how the world works?

7. What main ideas—themes—does the author explore? (Consider the title, often a clue to a theme.) Does the author use symbols to reinforce the main ideas?

8. Has this novel changed you—broadened your perspective? Have you learned something new or been exposed to different ideas about people or a certain part of the world?

9. Are there any specific character traits exhibited by Peter that tie to his role as an

10. Which one scene is most memorable for you, and why?

11. Is there a particular passage or line of dialogue that you found particularly interesting, inspiring, or memorable?

12. Did anything bother you about the cause of the fire that started in the kitchen of the O'Hara home?

13. Can you picture and identify with the settings and locations described in the story?

14. Discuss the relationships that Peter has with his wife, son, father, mentor, and boss. Are the relationships typical? What was Peter trying to accomplish in each of the relationships?

15. If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask?