Today we kick off our discussion of LOVE WATER MEMORY by Jennie Shortridge. As usual it will be led by Tamara Welch, our online book club leader. If you don’t already, follow Tamara on Twitter (@rockstar1023). Here are a few questions to get us started:
1. What did you think of Lucie as you read LOVE WATER MEMORY? Is she a character you would want to be friends with? (Ariel’s note: given the heated debate in literary circles about “likeable characters” I’m fascinated by this question, and I wonder if characters have to be likeable for someone to enjoy the book?)
2. People who suffer from the type of amnesia Lucie had generally have gaps in their memory. They usually remember sections of their past, though, with time and effort. What is more scary to you– never remembering your past or remembering your past at all or only finding pieces of it?
3. When Lucie comes back to Seattle, she is confronted with the trappings of a “Lucie” she does not know– and does not seem to like. How do you think that would feel?
4. Grady– Lucie’s fiancée, is keeping secrets from her. Should Grady have kept those things from Lucie — or help her find the best way to deal with them?
5. What did you think about the cover? The black cover with the woman half emerged in water– what does that mean to you? Is there a reason we can’t see the woman’s face?
6. Did you feel a connection with the characters in the book?
7. Did you like the ending?
8. Would you have changed anything about the ending?
9. What do you think is the most important aspect of the story- finding yourself or finding that family is there for you?
10. Do you think Lucie and Grady’s story is over? Or do they have more story to tell?