The World As We Know It
THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT by Joseph Monninger
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Reading Group Guide
As adolescents in rural Maine, Ed and Allard Keer save the life of Sarah Patrick, their new neighbor, who has fallen through a thin patch of river ice. As a result, a kind of special bond is formed among the three, but especially between Allard and Sarah, who eventually fall in love. The three of them grow up together, with the dream to work someday together at their own nature film production company. It seems that nothing, including jealousy or separation, can part them—until Ed’s accidental death mere days before Allard and Sarah’s wedding. Unable to make sense of or reconcile himself to his brother’s death, Allard buries himself in his work, avoiding his family and his fiancé, until two years later, when an assignment brings them back together. Reunited with those most important to him, he is finally able to put the memory of his brother to rest.
Topics and Questions For Discussion
1. Nature acts as a main character in this novel. How does the setting influence the see more