Reading Guide Questions
Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers!
- Where is Shadow at the beginning of American Gods? Where is he at
the end? Of the many characters he encounters along the way, which did you
find most memorable? What did you make of Shadow's obsession with coin tricks?
How did you interpret his determination to participate in the vigil for
- How does Laura die? Were you surprised by what happens at her funeral? How
does she come to Shadow's aid? What explains the phenomenon of her persistence
in the world of the living? How does Shadow release her from her state of
- How would you describe Wednesday? How does he interact with Shadow at the
start of the book? Did you find any of his grifter schemes especially
entertaining? What is his connection to Odin? By the end of American
Gods, what relationship between Wednesday and Shadow is revealed?
- Who is Czernobog? How would you describe him? What is his relationship
with the three Zoryas? What did you make of this group? What role did they
play in Shadow's experiences?
- "There are new gods growing in America ... gods of credit card and
freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods
of plastic and of beeper and of neon." How do you interpret this remark? Do
you think there's any element of truth to it?
- How would you describe Shadow's sojourn in Lakeside, Wisconsin? How do
Hinzelmann, Chad Mulligan, Marge Olsen, and Missy Gunther treat their
mysterious new neighbor?
- Who is Alison McGovern and how does Shadow come to know her? What clue
enables Shadow to determine her killer? What did you think of the outcome of
- "Would you believe that all of the gods that people have ever imagined are
still with us today?" Shadow asks this question of Samantha Black Crow. Do you
find this premise compelling? Did any elements of the plot of American
Gods push this idea in interesting directions?
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