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Islington Branch Book Club - Past Titles: "The Maid" by Nita Prose

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"The Maid" by Nita Prose

  1. Identity and Social Class: Explore the theme of identity as it relates to Molly Gray, the protagonist who works as a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel. How does Molly navigate the divide between her working-class background and the world of the wealthy elite? In what ways does her job shape her sense of self and her interactions with others?

  2. Friendship and Solidarity: Discuss the relationship between Molly and her friend, Chloe, who works as a hotel guest. How does their friendship transcend social barriers and provide support and companionship for both characters? How do they navigate the complexities of their different roles within the hotel?

  3. Power Dynamics: Reflect on the power dynamics at play within the Regency Grand Hotel, particularly between the staff and the guests. How do these power dynamics influence the interactions and relationships between characters? How does the novel explore issues of privilege, exploitation, and inequality?

  4. Mystery and Intrigue: Consider the mystery at the heart of the novel: the disappearance of a hotel guest. How does Molly's unique perspective as a maid provide insights into the investigation? What clues and red herrings propel the plot forward, and how do they keep readers guessing until the end?

  5. Character Development: Trace Molly's character development throughout the novel. How does she evolve as a character in response to the challenges and obstacles she faces? What strengths and vulnerabilities does she exhibit, and how do they contribute to her journey of self-discovery?

  6. Justice and Redemption: Discuss the themes of justice and redemption as they relate to Molly's quest to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of the hotel guest. How does she confront corruption and deception within the hotel hierarchy? What sacrifices does she make in her pursuit of justice, and what does she ultimately learn about herself and the world around her?

  7. Social Commentary: Consider the novel's portrayal of the hospitality industry and its treatment of workers. How does "The Maid" shed light on issues such as labor rights, workplace harassment, and the dehumanization of service workers? What broader social commentary does the novel offer about inequality and social justice?

  8. Narrative Style and Structure: Reflect on the narrative style and structure of the novel, including its use of multiple perspectives and timelines. How does Nita Prose create suspense and tension through her storytelling? What impact do the shifting perspectives have on the reader's understanding of the characters and events?

  9. Symbolism and Metaphor: Analyze the use of symbolism and metaphor in the novel, such as the contrast between the luxurious facade of the Regency Grand Hotel and the hidden realities of life behind the scenes. What deeper meanings can be attributed to recurring motifs and imagery throughout the story?

  10. Ethical Dilemmas: Consider the ethical dilemmas faced by Molly and other characters in the novel. How do they navigate conflicting loyalties, moral ambiguities, and personal integrity in their choices and actions? What do these ethical dilemmas reveal about the complexities of human nature and the search for truth and justice?

Nita Prose is the author of "The Maid," a debut novel published in 2021. The book garnered attention for its intriguing premise and engaging storytelling, drawing readers into the world of a hotel maid who becomes entangled in a mysterious disappearance.


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