The Umpteen Millionaire Club: discussion questions for Wally Gropius


Wally often mentions Huey Lewis with great appreciation, and Huey even makes an appearance at the end of the book. Do you feel there is a larger significance to the reference of him and his work? If so, what is the significance?


Walter Gropius is an architect and founder of the Bauhaus school and movement. What, if any, intentional connection is there between the title character and this historical figure? Why is Wally, in the story, always being mistaken for Walter?

What is the relationship between Jillian and Rich Green?

The rape involving "Jillian" and her father is by far the most controversial scene in the book. How is it paralleled in Jillian's abuse of Wally?

Does Jillian have motives and a will of her own or is she only an actor and an extension of Rich Green's scheme to obtain money from Gropius?