Welcome to AW's October book group discussion for Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume.

Please feel free to join in the discussion anytime-- lurkers welcome!

Here are a few questions to get the conversation started. Please don't feel like you have to answer all (or any) of them; posting your own questions is always okay.

1. Jitterbug Perfume was originally published in 1984. How well does the book hold up more than 20 years later? Do you think people will still be reading it in another 20 years?

2. What's your opinion of Robbins' writing style? Strengths and weaknesses?

3. Robbins touches on potentially controversial subjects like sex, death, religion, and individualism. Did you find anything about the book objectionable?

4. How do you feel about the characters?

5. Robbins relies heavily on humor; how successful are his attempts at being funny?

6. In an interview with January Magazine, Robbins says, "I think biographical information can get in the way of the reading experience. The interchange between the reader and the work. For example, I know far too much about Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut. Because I know as much as I do about their personal lives, I can't read their work without this interjecting itself." Would you agree with this statement? Why or why not? Do you like to know a lot about the author of a book you're reading? Does the author's biography matter to you as a reader?

Discuss!