Reading Group Guide:
A Sin and a Shame
By Victoria Christopher Murray Summary
Jasmine Larson moved to New York a changed woman, ready to start a new life as a good Christian. But the only thing that's changed for Jasmine is that she goes to church. She's still scheming, manipulating, and lying in order to get the life she thinks she deserves. When Jasmine finally meets and becomes engaged to the man she wants to marry -- the man she's sure God has chosen for her -- she discovers that she's pregnant, and with someone else's child. So she must fight to keep this secret, along with her many others, from her soon-to-be husband, because she will do whatever she can to keep the man who has set her soul on fire. Discussion Points
1. Several adult characters in this novel remark that they are in their "second virginity," meaning that, though they have had sex before, they've now chosen to become celibate until married. What other symbolism does a second virgnity carry?
2. Serena tells Jasmine that "there are plenty of unsaved folks parked in the pews all across America." What does she mean by this?
3. Jasmine thinks her father's insurance money is being used well to put her in a fancy Manhattan condo and a mink coat, all so that she can snag a rich husband. If you suddenly inherited a few hundred thousand dollars, what changes would you make in your lifestyle?
4. Malik thinks that Jasmine seems "obs