A Turn In Fortune
Jon Pepper Books / Book Club Discussion Guide
In answering the questions below, discuss why you’ve come to your conclusion.
What drives Robbie’s animosity toward Walker Hope? Why?
- Jealousy over Walker’s success?
- Walker treating Robbie as though they were social equals?
- Walker’s “disrespect” toward Robbie?
- A legitimate concern over Walker’s business strategy?
Describe the relationship between Robbie and Lindsey.
- Why does she put up with him?
- How does she cope?
- What causes her to push back?
Why is Robbie attracted to Maria?
- What is it about her that made her exciting?
- Why does that change?
- Was Maria’s angry response justified?
Why is Robbie so drawn to Natalia?
- What does she represent to him?
- Is he deluding himself that he can win her over?
- How would you characterize her attitude toward him?
Describe the relationship between Robbie and Howie-Do-It.
- Why does Robbie tolerate someone with a very different social status?
- Does Robbie regard Howie as a friend or a useful tool?
- What does Howie get out of the relationship?
Was Tim a good choice for Robbie?
- What made him a viable candidate in Robbie’s eyes?
- Was Robbie’s judgment correct?
What is Marty’s role in the company?
- Is he honest in defending the company?
- What is the line he has to walk between Robbie and Walker?
- Why were Walker and Robbie both upset by the Fortune story? Were they justified?
Why are Walker’s office and Robbie’s office so different?
- What are the messages they are trying to convey?
- Do they reflect their different attitudes toward the company?
Why does Robbie obsess over Broad Street Blue?
- Because he’s the steward over corporate identity?
- Because it’s one of the few topics in which he is fully-grounded?