This reading group guide for Five Days includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Douglas Kennedy. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
Laura works in a small hospital on the Maine coast, scanning and X-raying many a scared patient. In a job where finding nothing is always the best result, she is well versed in the random unfairness of life, especially since her husband, Dan, lost his job—and his interest in her. Still, Laura jumps at the opportunity to attend a radiography conference in Boston, where she meets Richard, a fiftysomething salesman. After a chance encounter, Laura begins to discover a complex and thoughtful man who ponders his own life and wonders if the time has come to choose desire over obligation. Five Days
is a moving love story that will have readers reflecting about the choices made that shape all our destinies. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. Why do you think Douglas Kennedy wrote Laura’s story as it happens in just five days? How would the novel be different if it weren’t limited to this time frame? What does it gain by the limitation?
2. Laura and Lucy “both read t