Reading Group Questions: The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr

We've put some questions to use in your book group for Frances Maynard's charming debut novel. 

Frances Maynard's The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr is a debut we've been looking forward to for months. Funny and heart-warming, it's a story for anyone who doesn’t quite fit in – and for everyone who chooses not to.

If you are reading it in in your book club, here are some reading group questions and thought starters for you to use.
1. “The label caught on my fingernail: ‘John lewis: hand wash only.’ John Lewis was a reliable upmarket shop, Mother’s favourite. I hadn’t known they had branches in Japan.” – Is Elvira a reliable narrator?

2. What did you think of Elvira and Mother’s relationship? Does Elvira’s opinion of Mother differ to yours?

3. Discuss Elvira’s Rules. Were there any you think you would benefit from following yourself?

4. Mother used to say Sylvia was kind but common. – How would you describe Sylvia?

5. ‘I’m not surprised, you know, dear,’ she said. ‘About the stroke. If ever there was a woman driven to one, it was your mother.’ – Did you have sympathy for Mother and her life before the stroke?

6. Who was the better parent – Mother or Father?

7. In what way are Elvira’s difficulties universal ones?

8. Do you have to be ‘normal’ to be happy?