(Spoiler Alert – These Questions assume you’ve already read the book)
- What would you say are some of the major themes addressed in this novel?
- This question is for anyone who was alive and remembers the way America was in 1962 and the years Kennedy was president. What memories did this book trigger for you about that time?
- In what ways was American family life and society in general different than it is today? How well did the book highlight those differences?
- In the book, Scott and Gina make a decision to hide their separation from Scott’s family for almost a year. Considering how things were back then, do you understand why they made this choice? Do you agree or disagree with it? Why?
- We see other examples of Scott, Gina and their son, Colt, being concerned about the way people would treat them if they knew the truth about their marriage falling apart. What do you think about America’s overall attitude towards divorce now compared to back then? Is it better or worse? Please explain.
- We see through Scott and Gina’s thoughts and conversations some very different attitudes about marriage than we see today, as well as the roles of men and women in the home. What are some of the things you picked up about this as you read?
- Scott’s brother-in-law Mike shared some pretty radical things he had learned from his pastor about being a Christian husband. Do you agree with what she shared and think these things could help someone in Scott’s situation?
- Did you have a favorite scene in the book? How did you respond to it and what made it your favorite?
- Who was your favorite character in the book and why?