Friday, August 30, 2013

Ladder of Years - Discussion

Happy Friday! I stayed up way late last night to finish the book.  I really enjoyed it and flew through it.  Until the last page.  I thought, "I stayed up until 2 am for this???" I was a tad disappointed with how it ended.  Overall it kept me interested and had me wondering how this very odd story was going to end.

1. Why doesn't any member of Delia's family ask her to come home? Do you think it would have made a difference?

2. Delia and Ellie are both judged harshly for their decision to leave their families. Do you think society judges mothers more harshly than fathers if they leave?

3. At the beginning of the novel, Delia sees herself as "a tiny gnat, whirring around her family's edges"? How does her perspective change over the course of the novel?

4. At the end of the novel, Delia concludes that "the people she had left behind had actually traveled further, in some ways." What does she mean?

5. Do you think Eliza has been pining for Sam for all those years?

6. Delia finds support in unexpected places and from unexpected people. Did Eleanor's support surprise you?

7. What did you think of the ending? Would you have made the same discussion if you were Delia?
8. What did you think of the Bay Burough resident's reaction to Delia?

9. Do you think Delia would be better with Joel or Sam?

10. How do you think you would react if your mother up and left for a year?

11. What were you thoughts on the book?

I'm glad you joined us again and hope you will next month too when we read Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman! Have a great weekend!

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