Matilda Goodman is an underemployed wedding photographer grappling with her failure to live as an artist and the very bad lie she has told her boyfriend (that she has a dead twin). Harry, her (totally alive) brother, is an untenured professor of literature, anxiously contemplating his publishing status (unpublished) and sleeping with a student. When Matilda invites her boyfriend home for Thanksgiving to meet the family, and when Harry makes a desperate—and unethical—move to save his career, they set off an avalanche of shame, scandal, and drunken hot tub revelations that force them to examine the truth about who they really are. A wonderfully subversive, sensitive novel of romantic entanglement and misguided ambition, Hey Harry, Hey Matilda is a joyful look at love and family in all its forms.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
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Reading Group Guide
The questions, discussion topics, and suggestions for further reading that follow are designed to enhance your group’s discussion of Hey Harry, A Matilda, an epistolary novel by Rachel Hulin.
1. How did the epistolary structure change the way you read the book? Did you like the flow of emails to tell a story?
2. Can you relate to Harry or Matilda in their experiences of becoming adults? Is there one twin you find you relate to more?
3. As a reader, how was your experience in watching Matilda’s lie unfold?
4. While to focus is on the relationship between the twins, how did the other family members and romantic partners play into the story for you? Were there any familiar characters or behaviors that read true to your own experiences?
5. How did you feel experiencing the duality of the twins in their art?
6. Vera has a complicated relationship with Harry. How did you feel as their love (and challenges) evolved in the book?
7. The author, Rachel Hulin is also a photographer who used photos on Instagram to tell the story, as she wrote it. How did the integration of photography enhance your experience as a reader?
8. Matilda and Harry have dry and quick sense of humor. What were the funniest moments and exchanges for you?
9. The ending of the novel can take the reader by surprise—what did you think of the ultimate fate of the twins?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
She waltzed inside the room, sporting a yellow jumper. "Hullo, there."
I was excited to read this book, but it left me wanting more.