This reading group guide for Gone includes an introduction, discussion questions and ideas for enhancing your book club. 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.
Introduction Eve Adams’s husband is gone. After leaving to take the babysitter home, he simply never returns. With two children to raise, a budding career, and plenty of bills that need to be paid, Eve has no choice but to hold herself and her family together. In Gone, New York Times bestselling author Cathi Hanauer presents an honest and compelling story of what it means to grow—both together and apart; what it takes to thrive as individuals; and ultimately, what it means to forgive. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. Consider the title of this novel. What comes to mind when you think of the word “gone”? Discuss how the concept of leaving and saying goodbye reappears throughout the novel. Who or what is gone, and in what way?
2. The novel opens with Eve’s point-of-view. Were you surprised when the narrative switched to Eric’s perspective? How did the split point-of-view and change in narration affect your reading of the novel? Did you prefer one to the other? Discuss your answer.