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Reading Guide Just Breathe

Just Breathe

MIRA (September 2009)
ISBN-10: 077832656X
ISBN-13: 978-077826564
Originally published in 2008
Reading Guide

  1. When the book opens, Sarah Moon seems to have it all, except she’s having trouble getting pregnant. What hints do you see that something is amiss? Were you surprised by her discovery at the end of chapter one, or did you see it coming?
  2. Could you relate to Sarah’s desire to have a child? What was her real motivation? What was Jack’s? Would you be willing to try fertility treatments in order to be a parent?
  3. What did you think of Sarah’s decision to walk away from her marriage? Should she have stayed and tried to work it out? How would it have played out if she had?
  4. How does Sarah use humor to shield herself from hurt? How does this come through in her dialogue and inner thought? In her art?
  5. Sarah returns to Glenmuir to find that she still feels like a misfit. Have you ever gone back to a place you lived as a teenager? How did the years change your perceptions?
  6. What did you think of the way Sarah related to her father and brother? Her grandmother and great-aunt? How did they help her through the rough times? Did they hinder her recovery in any way?
  7. Will Bonner was the last person she expected to meet upon her return. What kind of life did she imagine for Will? How did the reality contrast with those expectations? Think about some of the people you went to high school with. Which ones surprised you, and which ones fulfilled your expectations?
  8. Will gave up a lot of options when he brought Aurora into his life. What motivated him? Was it a good trade? Was it in character, given the way he was raised? We get just a glimpse of his family life, but what can you tell about his parents?
  9. What elements in Sarah’s new life helped draw her out of her depression? What elements complicated it?
  10. Sarah doesn’t trust her feelings for Will, but she’s drawn to him anyway. How does her trust in him grow? What does she bring to the relationship? What do you suppose their life will be like in a few years?

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