Reading Guide Home Before Dark

Home Before Dark

MIRA (September 2011)
ISBN-10: 0778312488
ISBN-13: 978-0778312482
Originally Published in 2003
Reading Guide

    1. When you first met Jessie, what did you think about her decision to come home from abroad after
      fifteen years? Was her motivation valid? Self-serving? Understandable?
    2. What do you think the real story is behind the break-up of Simon and Jessie?
    3. What’s your opinion of the “situation” between Jessie, Ian and Luz? Each of Luz’s kids is at a

different stage of development. Did you recognize the stages? Did they remind you of anyone you know?

  1. Was it fair and/or wise for Jessie to take matters into her own hands and keep her secret from
    the man who fathered her child? Why do you suppose she made the decision she made? What would have
    happened if she’d come clean right from the start?
  2. What would you have done in her situation? Would you have a problem raising a niece or nephew as
    your own child? Why or why not?
  3. Luz and Ian kept a big secret, too. Do you agree or disagree with the way they handled it? Why or
    why not?
  4. When Lila found out the truth, did she react as you would have expected, or did her reaction
    surprise you? Did it seem realistic, contrived or understandable?
  5. Dusty’s initial