Reading guide for The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin

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The Night Always Comes

by Willy Vlautin

The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin X
The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin
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    Apr 2021, 224 pages

    May 2022, 224 pages


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  1. The book opens with a quote from the 45th President of the United States of America: "The point is you can't be too greedy." Discuss the theme of greed in this book. How does greed drive the motivations of the characters?
  2. Even though the house is filled with many of Lynette's most troubling moments, she still is intent on purchasing it. What does home represent for Lynette? What do you think about when you think about home?
  3. Why do you think Lynette's mother decided to buy a car and move out? Do you agree with her decision?
  4. Lynette and her mother both have unique relationships with Kenny. How do their relationships with differ? In what ways are they similar?
  5. What were your preconceived notions of the American Dream before reading this novel? What is your perception of the American Dream after reading?
  6. Lynette does many unconventional, often desperate, things to get the money she needs to purchase the house. Do you think her actions were justified? Why or why not?
  7. Lynette and her mother have a very difficult relationship. How do they express love for each other? How do their expressions of familial love differ from your own?
  8. This novel takes place in a rapidly gentrifying Portland. What role does gentrification play in the book?
  9. During Lynette's relationship with Jack, she struggles with her mental health, which she refers to as a darkness. How else has Lynette's depression impacted her relationship with herself and others?
  10. Discuss the ending. What do you think of Lynette's ultimate decision? Were you surprised?

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