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Reading Group Discussion Questions:
(Spoiler Alert! These questions reveal several secrets that unfold throughout the novel!)
- The epigraph at the beginning of the novel is a quote from Nora Ephron: “You can never know the truth of anyone’s marriage, including your own.” Do you agree?
- How much do you think that Owen and Daphne’s similar careers helped or hurt them? Do you think that Owen and Daphne would have fallen in love if they hadn’t shared a childhood history?
- Daphne bristles when her dad tells her that she’s “always been so good at figuring things out.” Why do you think this upsets her? Is her carefully controlled nature ultimately a positive or negative trait?
- Do you believe that Owen would have wanted his marriage back, as he claimed to, had Bridget lived?
- When Daphne is grappling with whether to take Owen back, she remembers the traditional marriage vows she made at her wedding: For better or worse, till death do us part. Do you believe that the vow is an absolute or are there exceptions? Do you believe that an affair should always end a relationship? If you were in Daphne’s shoes, could you have forgiven him?
- After an appointment with Mary Elizabeth, Daphne reflects that she irrationally envies her patient’s ability to act without thinking of the consequences. When, if ever, is that an admirable quality?
- Was Annie’s reaction to Daphne’s situation appropriate? Was she simply a concerned friend or do you think she let her personal history affect her opinions about what Daphne should do? What advice would you have given her?
- When considering the possibilities with Andrew, Daphne says that she can’t just jump from one relationship to the next. Could you? If you received a postcard like the one that Daphne receives at the end of the story, would you go?
- At the end of the novel, Lucy tells Daphne that she thinks marriage should be the part of a person’s life that’s “easy and fun,” where you go to receive comfort from the rest of the world. Do you agree?
- Where do you see Daphne, Andrew, and Owen five years from now?