Questions to ponder:
1) Mr. Potocki says, "We were all heroes of the moment" (163). Is Mr. Potocki a hero? What about the priest, trying to tell these terrible histories that the villagers want to forget?
2) Think about how the three different layers of story in this novel fit together: the fairy tale, the story of Becca's life and quest, and Josef Potocki's telling of his story. What does the novel reveal about the power of fairy tales and storyteling?
3) How is Becca like (and unlike) a fairy tale heroine?
4) Why does Gemma tell her unusal version of "Briar Rose" obsessively but not tell about her past directly?