1. "Nauset has a secret" is a slogan invented by Zadie to promote the opening of the time capsule, but it seems to apply to other things as well. What are some of Nauset's other secrets?
2. Describe the two main characters, Rose and Simon. Why do you think they are attracted to each other?
3. "Instructions. Rose hadn't just written them, she'd followed them all her life" (6). How does being a reporter differ from being a writer of instruction manuals? What is the significance of Rose's decision to switch careers? How does leaving her "safety net" influence her development as a character?
4. Describe Cooper and Val's relationship.
5. "In the end, all Simon knew was this: he and Noel were damaged goods. Two peas in a pod. They needed each other" (97). Are there other characters in Some Assembly Required
who might be considered "damaged goods" or who "need each other"? Why? What does the author suggest about human fallibility?
6. Discuss Simon and Segundo's differing views of God. What role does faith play in the novel?
7. Defining the term "washashores," Val says that it "just means people from away. Not born and raised here" (10). Like any small town, Nauset has its insiders and its outsiders. Who are the outsiders in Some Assembly Required
and how are they perceived by the insiders?
8. Each of the major characters in Some Assembly Required
is affected by Lino's disappearance. Describe the way this event has shaped the li