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Book club questions for Seven Days in June by Tia Williams takes a closer look at this sexy and compelling novel. There will be spoilers so for more context about the book, check out my spoiler-free review first.
I loved this one! I found very little flaws. The love story is so well done and there is so much going on with this novel. I loved the mother/daughter relationship with Eva and Audre. I’ve read a lot of contentious takes on the mother/daughter dynamic but Eva and Audre are far from that. While they do have disagreements, they are so close and similar in many ways.
Eva and Shane. That’s all that needs to be said, right? I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time.
Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award‑winning novelist, who, to everyone’s surprise, shows up in New York.
When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their buried traumas, but the eyebrows of the Black literati. What no one knows is that fifteen years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. While they may be pretending not to know each other, they can’t deny their chemistry—or the fact that they’ve been secretly writing to each other in their books through the years.
Over the next seven days, amidst a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect—but Eva’s wary of the man who broke her heart, and wants him out of the city so her life can return to normal. Before Shane disappears though, she needs a few questions answered…
With its keen observations of creative life in America today, as well as the joys and complications of being a mother and a daughter, Seven Days in June is a hilarious, romantic, and sexy‑as‑hell story of two writers discovering their second chance at love.
Book Club Questions for Seven Days in June
- What do you think initially drew Eva and Shane together when they were teenagers?
- How has Eva’s medical condition impacted her relationships?
- Eva is a bestselling writer of erotica fantasy. Why did she choose this genre?
- Shane is a more serious writer of literary fiction. Why was writing novels the right career path for the both of them?
- Let’s discuss how their best-selling novels feature characters inspired by each other. What does that say about that fated week together as teenagers?
- Eva and Shane unexpectedly reconnect as adults. And it’s not long until they pick up where they left off. Overall, what are your thoughts on their romantic relationship? Why are they so connected?
- Why does Eva not go by Genevieve anymore?
- Let’s talk about Eva and Audre’s mother/daughter relationship.
- Both Eva and Shane come from traumatic pasts. Eva tries to shield Audre from the past and rewrites her mother’s narrative as a feminist, beauty queen—which is pretty far from the truth. Why did she withhold the truth about her past to Audre? Will she ever tell her the truth?
- It turns out the Shane wrote his novels while drunk. Now that he’s sober, he’s afraid he won’t be able to write. Do you think he’ll find his voice as a sober writer?
- Just as Shane and Eva pick up where they left off as teenagers, a tragedy forces Shane to leave without warning to Eva. Why didn’t he tell her what was going on?
- After taking time apart, Eva works on her serious novel about her family’s past while Shane tries to process his past trauma and continue to remain sober. Why did the two need to split before coming back together?
- Do you believe their relationship with last?
- There are plans in the works to turn the novel into a TV series. Who should play the key roles?
Hope you enjoyed book club questions for Seven Days in June! Here are some more recommendations along with links to book club questions.
The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson
A book that is a bit under the radar is The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson. I highly recommend it!
It’s 2008, and the inauguration of President Barack Obama ushers in a new kind of hope. In Chicago, Ruth Tuttle, an Ivy-League educated Black engineer, is married to a kind and successful man. He’s eager to start a family, but Ruth is uncertain. She has never gotten over the baby she gave birth to—and was forced to leave behind—when she was a teenager. She had promised her family she’d never look back, but Ruth knows that to move forward, she must make peace with the past.
Returning home, Ruth discovers the Indiana factory town of her youth is plagued by unemployment, racism, and despair. As she begins digging into the past, she unexpectedly befriends Midnight, a young white boy who is also adrift and looking for connection. Just as Ruth is about to uncover a burning secret her family desperately wants to keep hidden, a traumatic incident strains the town’s already searing racial tensions, sending Ruth and Midnight on a collision course that could upend both their lives.
Powerful and revealing, The Kindest Lie captures the heartbreaking divide between Black and white communities and offers both an unflinching view of motherhood in contemporary America and the never-ending quest to achieve the American Dream.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
If you’re looking for another romance about two writers, Beach Read by Emily Henry is a great pick!
Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.
They’re polar opposites.
In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.
Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.