1. Sepha Stephanos meets regularly with his friends Kenneth and Joseph.
2. How do these men view Africa and America, their new home?
3. How does Sepha’s life change once he meets Judith and Naomi?
4. How does the gentrification of Logan’s Circle affect Sepha’s business and his
5. Sepha enters his uncle Berhane’s apartment and opens a lockbox containing letters and money.
6. How does the memory of his father and the way he died affect the man that Sepha has become?
7. When Joseph sees the brick that was thrown at the front of Sepha’s store, he holds it aloft and says, “There’s a great metaphor in this.”
8. Sepha comments, “We were always more comfortable with the world’s tragedies than our own.”
9. What is the significance of the works of literature, such as Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, V.S. Naipaul’s A Bend in the River, and the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, mentioned in the book?
10. How do you read the book’s ending?
11. The British title of this book is Children of the Revolution (from a 1972 song by T. Rex), whereas the American title comes from a line in Dante’s Inferno.