Discussion Questions for Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Earlier this month, my book club met via Zoom to discuss Mexican Gothic. While our opinions on the novel varied, we could all agree it was a great choice to read right before Halloween.

Here are discussion questions my group found useful, along with some we created as we went along.

Discussion Questions for Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

1. What did you like best about the novel and why?

2. What did you like least about the novel and why?

3. At the start of the novel, we see our heroine Noemi as a privileged socialite. How did that change throughout the novel, and how does she defy the expectations of the people around her?

4. How would you describe High Place as Noemi and Caralina experience it?

5. What was your perception of Catalina at the start of the novel? Did that change by the end or not?

6. Noemi has graphic dreams about Virgil, yet finds him revolting during the day. Why and how do you think Virgil is able to “access” Noemi in this way?

7. The Doyle family’s symbol is snake swallowing its own tail, known as an ouroboros. Discuss what this signifies for the family. Also, what are other ways the ouroboros functions as metaphor within the novel?

8. On page 269 in reference to Francis, Noemi says to Florence, “He’s your son.” Florence replies, “It’s a body.” What did you think of that revelation? What does it say about the role of hte Doyle family members?

9. What made Francis so different from the rest of his family?

10. How did you feel about the novel’s ending? Were you satisfied?

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