This reading group guide 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.
At 26, Emma has a near-perfect life – a steady job, a great group of friends, a cute Dublin apartment and the perfect person to share it with, her long-term boyfriend John. But in an instant, with the screech of brakes, everything changes and Emma is left devastated.
Through their grief, Emma’s friends help her to put her life back together while weathering their own life changes: successful but perpetually single best-mate Clodagh; newlyweds Richard and Anne; Emma’s brother Noel, a Catholic priest struggling with a crisis of faith; and Sean, John’s handsome best friend, reeling from his loss. As Emma reemerges into her life, she must find the courage not just to go on, but to accept the joy, adventure, and new love waiting around the corner. Discussion Questions
1) Discuss how the five stages of grief are explored through the reactions of Emma and her friends. Do you think the group’s grief process helps Emma to move through her own pain? Do you agree with Emma that guilt is the step before acceptance?
2) Explore some o