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1. Natalia says that the key to her grandfathers life and death "lies between two stories: the story of the tiger's wife, and the story of the deathless man". What power do the stories we tell about ourselves have to shape our identity and help us understand our lives?
2. Which of the different ways the characters go about making peace with the dead felt familiar from your own life? Which took you by surprise?
3. Natalia believes that her grandfathers memories of the village apothecary must have been imperishable. What lesson do you think he might have learned from what happened to the apothecary?
4. What significance does the tiger have to the different characters in the novel: Natalia, her grandfather, the tigers wife, the villagers? Why do you think Natalias grandfathers reaction to the tigers appearance in the village was so different than the rest of the villagers?
5. Did knowing more about Lukas past make him more sympathetic? Why do you think the author might have chosen to give the backstories of Luka, Dariaa the Bear, and the apothecary?
6. Of all the themes of this novel (war, storytelling, family, death, myth, etc.) which one resonated the most for you?
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