Reading Group Discussion Questions
View printable versionPDF

  1. What do you think of Amanda Starkey? (Is she a reliable narrator? Is she sympathetic?)
  2. Is love a good thing in this novel?
  3. What does the island represent?
  4. How do you feel about Amanda's possessiveness as a mother?
  5. How does Carl relate to the women in his life?
  6. How do the landscape and weather affect the behavior and outlook of the characters?
  7. Should Ruth have gone to Chicago with Imogene?
  8. Are Amanda and Mathilda good sisters to each other? In what ways are Ruth and Imogene like sisters?
  9. Does it strengthen or weaken people to become intensely intertwined with their families?
  10. Secrets figure prominently in this book. Why do we keep certain secrets and tell others? Are secrets necessary in life?


Next Story