The Shark Club

1. What are your feelings about sharks? Do you think they have been maligned? Do you feel differently about them since reading The Shark Club? Would you like to swim alongside them? 

2. Despite being twins, Robin and Maeve have few interests or personality traits in common. In what ways was each of them shaped by their parents’ deaths? In what ways do they compensate for each other? 

3. Turning thirty is an important threshold for Maeve. What cultural expectations and personal feelings does this birthday conjure in her? Do women today face challenges when crossing into their thirties? What about turning forty, or fifty, or other turn-of-the-decade birthdays? 

4. Can you empathize with Maeve for calling off the wedding after Daniel betrayed her? How might you have reacted? Did you feel sympathy for Daniel when Maeve decided to take the research trip to Fiji? Have you ever been involved with someone whose career felt like a rival? 

5. If Maeve had forgiven Daniel and continued with their engagement, what do you imagine their marriage would have been like? 

6. Before reading The Shark Club, were you aware of the practice of catching and finning sharks? Is there anything ordinary citizens can do to help stem this barbaric practice? What is the appropriate punishment for poachers? 

7. Maeve has an intimate, almost spiritual relationship with oceans. Do you feel a connection with nature? Did Maeve inspire you to create or deepen your relationship with the natural world? 

8. Did Robin’s involvement with the poachers come as a surprise? Why or why not? 

9. What do you think the future holds for Robin? How did his novel foreshadow his actions regarding the sharks? 

10. On some level, both Daniel and Robin seem to feel that Maeve loves sharks more than she loves them. If their gender roles were reversed, and Maeve was a globe-trotting male scientist and they were women, would they have felt as resentful? 

11. Was Perri a good role model for her twin grandchildren? After years of refusal, why does she finally agree to marry Marco? 

12. What does it say when Maeve—who always attends the Book Bash as George Sand—impulsively decides to instead dress up as Her Deepness, Sylvia Earle? 

13. Why is Maeve so drawn to Hazel? Would she have become entangled with Daniel again if Hazel had not been in the picture? 

14. Maeve grapples with her choice to pursue a research opportunity in Mozambique. How did it create conflict in her relationship with Daniel? What are the challenges of making time for family and career? What kind of fallout happens when women choose to put themselves first? 

15. In the end, Maeve followed her heart and chose Nicholas. Why was Maeve drawn to Nicholas? How do you feel about Nicholas as Maeve’s choice? 

16. Who is your favorite character in the novel? Why? 

17. Is there something you feel as passionately about as Maeve feels about sharks?