Discussion Questions

Kathryn’s brother characterizes Walking on Fire as “Nancy Drew meets Zorba the Greek.” In addition to the suspense and adventure of this coming-of-age romantic and political novel, there are also more serious themes.

  • The protagonist finds herself in a country recovering from a CIA-sponsored dictatorship. She watches as Greece attempts to reclaim democracy in this birthplace of democracy. What are the challenges for an American to live in a country rife with anti-Americanism?
  • What is it about revolutionary movements that can lure impressionable young women, such as Patty Hearst in 1974 and the protagonist in this novel?
  • The role of cinema in influencing the main character’s perspective is repeatedly shown in this novel. Is there a universality to that experience?
  • What happens to a burgeoning sense of feminism when one falls completely and totally in love?
  • The protagonist jockeys between her experiences in Greece and scenes from her conservative roots in a small west Texas town. What is the fallout when one’s disparate worlds collide?
  • Records of fire walking date back to 1200 BCE. What makes it compelling and why has it endured through the ages?
  • Can one rebuild trust in a lover after betrayal?
  • Can you ever really go home again?

These are a few of the topics Kathryn would enjoy discussing with you in your book group, in addition to other questions about the characters, plot, and additional themes. Her alter ego Nancy Drew would love to attend also.