BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS FOR MICHAEL POELTL'S HER PAST'S PRESENT
**Possible spoiler alert if you haven't yet read the book**
- What about the book attracted you to read the description, and inevitably the book?
- Had you read fiction concerning past-lives before? Had you an interest in the subject before you decided to
read Her Past's Present?
- Were you able to connect with the main character, Tess? Did you agree with her decision to enroll herself in a psychiatric hospital? Did you feel this was the decision of a strong woman, or a weak one?
- Was it surprising to you that when Tess discovered her past-lives, she was able to connect them to those
in the present?
- Have your views about reincarnation been altered in any way after reading Her Past's Present and the thoughts
put forward by the author i.e. child prodigies? (See page 243 of the paperback)
- Do you believe dreaming can produce a glimpse into a past life i.e. recurring dreams ( See pages11, 126, 127,
142, 145, 147,195,196) and one-off dreams wherein you live a specific memory of a past-life, i.e. the poet?
(See page 206)
- Do you believe Paul - the cutter - would reincarnate to a better life, or be doomed to enter another troubled
existence? Same question should be considered for Sam and Jorge. Had they learned anything from their
present? What greater purpose did they serve in the present?
- Do you believe suicide is an act of cowardice or courage? Do you believe the act is selfish?
- How did The Molloy Group fit into the storyline? What purpose did this serve?
- Could Tess's daughter be Tebor's deceased wife? (See page 80)
- Do you believe in hypnosis? Have you ever allowed yourself to be hypnotized? If so was it for its healing effects
or to relive a past-life or both?
- Did you find Tess's suffering over the loss of her marriage convincing? Was the destruction of her self-esteem
believable? (See pages 33 and 181-182)
- Did you appreciate the recurring dream which Charlie and Tess shared and its link to their deeper connection?