The Lost Button Book Club Guide

White Shanghai by Elvira Baryakina

The Lost Button by Irene Rozdobudko

The taut psychological thriller The Lost Button keeps the reader transfixed. The novel encompasses an entire era from the mid-70s of the previous century till the modern day with its geography stretching over the European region including Kiev, the Ukraine’s periphery, Russia and Montenegro, and at last the United States.

It explores evergreen concepts of love, devotion, and betrayal and emphasizes the idea that whenever and wherever one lives, a tiny detail like a lost button has the power to set off a chain of events that would lead to either one’s greatest happiness or one’s greatest tragedy.

It is about not looking back, but always valuing what you have – today and forever. More... 

  • What does the book tell us about coming of age and the changes that happen from adolescence into adulthood? How does Denys/Dan change through the book?  
  • What do you think about the character of Liza? Do you think she was justified in her behaviour? 

  • What did you think about the structure of the book? Why does Rozdobudko use different kinds and different lengths of chapters?
  • Did you think Denys’ feelings for Liza were real love or obsession? 
  • Why do you think Lika ran away instead of going home to hide in the wardrobe as she planned? What made her stay on the road?
  • Given the time in which the book is set, what do you think about the symbolism of the story about the bear and Ielanum towards the end of the book? 

  • What did you think about the ending of the book? Did Lika make the right choice in staying with Joshua McLain instead of going back to Denys
  • What questions would you like to ask Irene Rozdubudko if you met her? Are there any questions the book leaves unanswered?

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Catalogue 2019

Catalogue 2019