The Best of Us

A Novel

The Best of Us

  • Simon & Schuster Audio | 
  • ISBN 9781442359970 | 
  • April 2013
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Best of Us includes 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.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. Which of the women in The Best of Us did you mostidentify with, and why?

2. Discuss the four marriages that are depicted in The Best of Us. What kinds of adjectives would you use to describeeach of them? Do any of your past or currentrelationships have similarities to one or more of thesemarriages? Which marriage seems the strongest and themost appealing to you?

3. What do you think each woman learns from her time inJamaica? How does the trip change each of them?

4. At several points in the novel, Gio makes jabs at Dwightand the way that his financial success is on display duringthe vacation. Allie suggests that Gio’s ability to providefor his family might be a sensitive point for him,saying, “Everyone has different emotional triggers, and evenif they don’t make sense to the rest of us, it’s important torespect them” (p. 109). What is this moment in the novelsaying about both Allie and Gio? And do you agree withAllie’s assessment?

5. Savannah has many, many witty lines over the courseof the novel. Did you h see more

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About the Author

Sarah Pekkanen

Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally bestselling author of The Opposite of Me, Skipping a Beat, These Girls, The Best of Us, Catching Air, and Things You Won’t Say. Her work has been published in People, The Washington Post, and USA TODAY, among other publications. She lives with her family in Chevy Chase, Maryland.