Book Club Discussion: My Last Continent

Welcome to the Book Club discussion for My Last Continent by Midge Raymond. Below is a list of discussion questions to get the conversation started. We are excited to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Feel free to answer all the questions, or pick and choose a few questions to discuss!

  • One of the major thematic points of Keller’s story line is the concept of being changed by a journey. What were Keller’s touchstones in his evolution from grief-stricken lawyer to Antarctic researcher? Do you think it is possible point to specific moments in his journey, or was it more of a gradual development? What role, if any, did Deb have in all of this?
  • Kate and Richard are presented as foils and mirrors for Deb and Keller. What similarities do you find between the two couples? Did you like one more than the other? Compare how the two couples relate to each other and their difficult relationships with the truth.
  • Icebergs and what is hidden are a dominant theme in the book. Discuss how the chronological structure and the way previously unknown facts and events were presented influenced your understanding of the characters and their motivation.
  • Keller’s initial denunciation of tourism in Antarctica seems at odds with his later employment on the Australis, a cruise ship, only a year later. Why do you think he changed his mind? Is he rejecting his ideals in order to return to the continent?
  • Consider the book’s title, My Last Continent, and Keller’s observation that explorers were obsessed with firsts and now society is obsessed with lasts (page 190). In what ways is Antarctica a “last continent” for those who visit? Why do you think the author chose this title?

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Book Reveal: My Last Continent

We are excited to announce the first book option for the August “At Sea” box, My Last Continent by Midge Raymond!

It is only among the glacial mountains, cleaving icebergs, and frigid waters of Antarctica that Deb Gardener and Keller Sullivan feel at home. For a few blissful weeks each year they study the habits of Emperor and Adelie penguins and find solace in their work and in one another. But Antarctica, like their fleeting romance, is a fragile place, imperiled by the world to the north.

Each year, Deb and Keller play tour guide to the passengers on the small expedition ship that ferries them to their research station. But this year, when Keller fails to appear on board, Deb begins to reconsider their complicated past and the uncertainty of any future they might share. Then, shortly into the journey, Deb’s ship receives an emergency signal from The Australis, a cruise liner that has hit desperate trouble in the ice-choked waters of the Southern Ocean. Soon Deb’s role will change from researcher to rescuer; among the crew of that sinking ship, Deb learns, is Keller.

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