At the beginning of the book, we get a sense of the relationship between Anne and Carola. How would you describe this relationship?
Anne is a widow. What do we know about her from the beginning?
Why is it important that we know these things?
What impression do we, as readers, get of Anne’s late husband, Robby? How does our impression of him inform our expectations of Anne?
What do you see as Carola’s role in the book?
Carola eventually confronts Ann to shake her out of her ennui. What role does timing play in this?
As a reader, how did you respond to Anne’s relationship with René?
What, in the end, makes Jack so appealing to Anne?
Anne is a woman in her 60’s, and yet this is a coming-of-age novel. How does that reconcile? What does this tell us about “coming of age”?
Anne’s journey begins as a quest to find out more about her dead husband’s father.