The Night Swim
by Megan Goldin
Discussion Questions:
1. What is the significance of the setting in "The Night Swim"? How does the small-town atmosphere contribute to the overall story?

2. The book tackles complex themes such as sexual assault and the justice system. How does the author handle these sensitive topics? Did it impact your reading experience?

3. The narrative structure alternates between Rachel's podcast recordings and letters from a mysterious stranger. How did this storytelling technique enhance or hinder your understanding of the plot?

4. The main protagonist, Rachel, is a podcast host determined to uncover the truth. What are her strengths and weaknesses as an investigative journalist? Did you find her character believable?

5. The book explores the concept of victim-blaming and the societal pressures faced by survivors of sexual assault. How did this theme resonate with you? Did it shed light on any important issues?

6. The courtroom scenes play a crucial role in the story. What did you think of the legal representation and the handling of the case? Did it challenge your perceptions of the justice system?

7. Throughout the book, there are references to the power of storytelling and its ability to influence public opinion. How do you think the author uses this theme to make a broader statement about society?

8. The Night Swim delves into the complexities of memory and trauma. How does the author explore these themes through the different characters' experiences? Did it make you reflect on your own understanding of memory?

9. Megan Goldin incorporates social media and online communities as important aspects of the story. How does this reflect the role of technology in shaping public discourse and investigations in the real world?

10. The novel raises questions about personal responsibility and the duty to take action when faced with injustice. How do the characters in the book grapple with these moral dilemmas? Did it make you question your own obligations?

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Book Club Talking Points:
This book covers a lot of ground - rape, assigning blame, caring for rape survivors, court testimony, social media, and guilt. It's a lot to take in, but important topics to discuss. Through her characters and their experiences, the Author prompts the reader to reflect on the flaws of the legal system and the responsibility society holds in addressing these issues.

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