Reading Group Guide
By Laura Kasischke
About the book:
On Valentine’s Day, Sherry f
inds an anonymous note in her mailbox: be mine. As the notes continue,Sherry becomes more and more charged by the idea that she can inspire such feelings. Her twenty-year marriage is routine and she feels old, aimless, and empty now that her son is in college. When shediscovers who her admirer is, she begins a wildly passionate affair with him. But soon events spiral out of
Sherry’s control, threatening not only her marriage but also her son and her home. This deeply erotic
thriller explores how little we know ourselves and those we live with, and what we risk when we allowpassion to rule our lives.
About the author:
is the author of three previous novels and six collections of poetry. She lives inChelsea, Michigan.
1. How did you react to the ominous opening line, in which Sherry discovers blood in her driveway? Howdoes the a
uthor “seduce” you as she balances menacing scenes and exhilarating ones?
2. What is the effect of having Sherry narrate her own story? How did your opinion of her shift as you readthis first-person account of her unraveling?3. How is Sherry affected by
her father’s struggles? What does his presence say to her about the cyclesof life? How does Chad respond to his grandfather’s failing health?
4. What is Sherry’s response to her feelings of “planned obsolescence” as her son becomes an adult? Do
any of her memories of Chad provide clues to his state of mind? Do mothers and sons respond to their changing roles differently than mothers and daughters do?
5. What does Sherry’s figure mean to her? How does she perceive herself when she looks over her gym
6. What do you see as Sherry’s true motives for beginning her affair with Bram? What was your bestguess regarding the source of the anonymous notes? How did you interpret Jon’s words to Sherry while
they are making love?