Book Group Discussion Questions

 The point of view shifts from first-person to third-person. What purpose does the shift serve? 

• Will and Callie each believe they have failed at their respective marriages. Why?

• Was it a good idea for Will to tell the Hallorans about his relationship with Callie so early on?

• Eleanor and Rowan are determined to keep Will from getting involved with Callie. What are their individual motivations?

• What did Callie mean when she told Will she and her brother felt invisible as children?

• What does Callie accomplish by going to Joanna's grave?

• Lizzy knows that Eleanor and Rowan have the wrong idea about Ben's behavior toward her when they met in San Sebastian. Why doesn’t she correct them?

• Did Callie and Will do the right thing by ending their relationship for the sake of their children?

• What is the significance of Chase finally standing up to Eleanor?

• Why was it important that Lizzy be the one to make Eleanor see the truth?


Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures. – Jessamyn West

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an excerpt from 
the sequel (untitled)

Ben took the guest bedroom, and Will offered to sleep in the chair in my room so he’d be close by if I needed anything. I told him the chair wasn’t close enough, and what I needed was to have him next to me. After lying in a hospital bed for four days I was looking forward to my own sheets and blankets — with him between them. Not surprisingly, the incident in the parking garage had left me with a persistent feeling of unease, and Will’s presence was hugely comforting. Also, it created a sense of normalcy I desperately needed. Reluctantly, he crawled into bed next to me, being careful not to bump or jostle me in any way. He left at least a foot of space between us.

“Come closer.” I tugged on his T-shirt. “I need to feel you near me. It seems like it’s been months since I touched any part of you but your hand.”

“It has been,” he acknowledged, “And I’m as aware of that as you are, believe me. But I’m not going to get too close and risk hurting you.”

 “I need you, Will.” My voice was almost pleading. The fact was, I had been broken in many ways, and I was desperate to feel whole again.

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A Foolish Consistency is published by Cedar Forge