Discussion Questions

I love to talk with readers about Who She Is. Feel free to contact me if you’d like me to Skype with your book group. I will travel to visit book groups that are no more than one hour from Boulder, Colorado. This is a free service I provide because I’ve enjoyed my own book group so much.

  1. What is one word you would use to describe Faye? What about Francie? How are these two girls alike, and how are they different in their approaches to life?
  2. One of the themes in the book is “liberation.” How do you see the characters seeking to be liberated?
  3. What kind of things have you passionately wanted in your life? Did you get them? If so, how satisfying was that for you?
  4. Faye was a survivor of trauma. The counselor helped her cope with her physical reactions to trauma by teaching her to visualize something she really loved to do while taking deep breaths. What has helped you deal with the various traumas in your life?
  5. One of the things readers respond to is the song titles at the beginning of each chapter. Did you notice the songs? Which ones were your favorites? Did they add to your reading experience?
  6. Faye and Francie loved to run, but they had different approaches to the sport. How do you think they were different? Have you ever been a runner? If so, what did you like about the sport? If not, what kind of exercise do you prefer?
  7. How do you think Faye’s story fits within the overall context of the 1960s? How might it have been different if were set in another decade, such as the 1980s or 1990s? Or even now?
  8. Who was the worst villain in the story, Sue or Bud? Did they deserve the punishment they received?
  9. What do you think will happen to the characters next?
  10. Sometimes authors like to think of the setting of a book as another character in the book. Most of this book was set in Central Florida. Did the setting contribute to telling the story, or could the book have been set anywhere and still be essentially the same?