Reading Group Questions
- Discuss the structure of the novel and how the past and present stories are woven together. Does it work for you?Does the book have a central theme or themes and, if so, what are they?
- Do you think Sam should be more open about what she is experiencing? And, if so, how do you think someone like yourself, or the people around you, would react?
- Is stealing ever justified?
- How do you think a modern day girl would react and act if she was put in the situations that Jess has to deal with?
- Are Jess and Tom really ‘in love’? Is she right to be unsure about their future?
- How are the book’s images symbolically significant? Do the images help to develop the plot, or help to define characters?
- All three main characters, Sam, Jess and Tom, individually make the same decision in the book. What is that decision?
- What do these two girls, born a hundred years apart, have in common?
- Were you pleased or disappointed by the ending?
- Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?
- Have there been any ‘unexplainable occurrences’ in your life and, if so, what and when? And have you, before now, ever told anyone about them?
- Have you read other similar books? Perhaps books with a similar theme, or set in the same time period? If so, how do they compare?