Some discussion points
1 What evidence does John Michael have that going to America is a good idea?
2 In what ways do John Michael and Fina seem callous?
3 What picture is painted of America, things foregrounded, things not mentioned?
4 Bat Quinn’s role in the story is sinister?
5 Family ties, economics, ceremony - but no love?
6 Why doesn’t John Michael want to take on his uncle’s farm or work for his
future wife’s father? What does that tell us about him?
7 What picture of Ireland is painted in the background?
8 Fina is empty headed? John Michael is well rid of her?
9 Does the story allow that in later life John Michael and Fina might marry?
10 In what ways does Big Bucks remind you of other story/stories by William Trevor?