Not everyone will agree with all the decisions made by Molly, David, Cassandra, and others (or, by extension, with the author who wrote them making those decisions).
These questions are here for book groups, but you’re also welcome to weigh in right here on this page, by joining the discussion below. Although I don’t respond to reviews, I will participate in discussions here.
The discussion is moderated, partly to keep it civil, but mostly because it would otherwise fill up with spam.
Questions for Discussion (note that some of these are spoilers):
- SHOULD David have slept with her?
- Should the author have had Molly ask David to sleep with her?
- CAN or SHOULD these two live happily ever after? (Is this a romance?)
- Is Cassandra a good mother?
- Is Cassandra a good artist?
- What should Cassandra do about her piece?
- Does Kim get a pass for her bad behavior?
- Many readers are upset that Molly suffers what she does at the party — that the author doesn’t have David save her from it. Your opinion?
- Are there too many victims in this novel?
- What about the references to the passage from To The Lighthouse? Successful or pretentious or just getting in the way?
- How does David change over the course of the novel? Has he grown up?
- How does Molly change? Has she grown up?
- How has Cassandra changed, if at all?
- What is the point of Colin? Should he have been painted differently?
- What is the point of Molly’s father? Should he have been painted differently?
- Who are the villains and do they work as villains?
- What is this novel trying to say about sex?
- About marriage?
- About art?
- Why set it in the seventies? Would it have been better set today? What would have had to change?
- What would have been a better title for this book, and why?
Would you like to suggest new questions? Please feel free to do so below.
You’ll see some comments below, mostly from my friend Beth, and you might also be interested in a full set of comments from another friend, Linda. I feel very lucky, as a writer, to have generated interesting responses like these!