Book Club Questions
Greetings from Ventnor City
In Greetings from Ventnor City Meg Daniels investigates a disappearance from 1968 when a young woman disappears after protesting at the Miss American Pageant on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
How does that time and place influence events?
1.What does your experience of the characters tell you about America in 1968? How do the characters reflect the concerns of the times? Is Sally Johnson a typical college student of the era? 2.Would events surrounding the crime have unfolded differently if Sally Johnson disappeared in the current time period?
3. Sisters Marianne and Sally Johnson respond to social change very differently. Does each of them represent a larger phenomenon in American social history?
4. In Missing You in Atlantic City Betty disappeared in1964 as the world was just beginning a time of immense social change. The disappearance in Greetings from Ventnor City takes place four years later. How much has the world changed?
5.The testimony given by the witnesses includes a lot of details about the times. Do you recognize any of them?