Dear Miss Kopp (A Kopp Sisters Novel #6)
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The U.S. has finally entered World War I is and Constance is chasing down suspected German saboteurs and spies for the Bureau of Investigation while Fleurette is traveling across the country entertaining troops with song and dance. Meanwhile, at an undisclosed location in France, Norma is overseeing her thwarted pigeon project for the Army Signal Corps. When Aggie, a nurse at the American field hospital, is accused of stealing essential medical supplies, the intrepid Norma is on the case to find the true culprit.
The far-flung sisters—separated for the first time in their lives—correspond with news of their days. The world has irrevocably changed—will the sisters be content to return to the New Jersey farm when the war is over?
Told through letters, Dear Miss Kopp weaves the stories of real life women into a rich fiction brimming with the historical detail and humor that are hallmarks of the series, proving once again that “any novel that features the Kopp Sisters is going to be a riotous, unforgettable adventure” (Bustle).
Mariner Books, 9780358093121, 320pp.
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
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1. This is the first book in the Miss Kopp series written entirely in letter form. What did you think about this structure? What did you learn about the characters through their letters that you might not have learned through a traditional format?
2. The sisters are separated for the first time in their lives and must rely on written communication. Constance is able to write at length, while at first Norma struggles to communicate, relying on her new friend Aggie to help her compose her letters. How does their writing – their styles and what they choose to share – match their personalities?
3. What surprised you about the treatment women were subjected to because of their gender during the historical period of this book, both in the US and overseas?
4. Constance’s brother seems to have the hardest time of all the Kopp family members fitting into the world during the Great War. Did you sympathize with his situation?
5. In the previous Kopp Sisters books, Fleurette is extremely proud of her theatrical life and confident in her choices. But in this volume, she mentions that her contribution to the war effort – singing to the troops – is nowhere near as important as what Norma and Constance are accomplishing. How do you account for the change in her self-perception and her own value?
6. This is the first book where Norma solves a crime, without Constance to help. How do you think being separated caused the sisters to draw on one another’s strengths? How did they each embody the traits of the others?
7. The sisters all mention that they can’t imagine going back to the way they lived before the war. How have they been changed by the war? Why do they believe they might be discontent returning to their previous lives?
8. The ending provides a glimpse of the possibilities each Kopp sister has for her future. Are you surprised by the options available to them? What do you hope for them?
9. In the Historical Notes section at the end of the book, the author clarifies which parts of the lives of the Kopp sisters were historically known, and which she fictionalized due to a lack of information. Was the question of fact and fiction important to you while reading the novel? Does knowing this information afterward change how you think about the story?