IT’S YOU

Jane Porter

In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Dr. Alison McAdams has lost her way. And when she’s summoned to Napa to care for her ailing father, she’s not sure she has anything to offer him—or anyone else.

What Ali finds there is a gift—an opportunity to rest, and distance from her painful memories. As Ali becomes part of her father’s community, makes new friends of her own, and hears the stories of a generation who survived the Second World War, she begins to find hope again. In a quest to discover the truth about another woman’s lost love,

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In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Dr. Alison McAdams has lost her way. And when she’s summoned to Napa to care for her ailing father, she’s not sure she has anything to offer him—or anyone else.

What Ali finds there is a gift—an opportunity to rest, and distance from her painful memories. As Ali becomes part of her father’s community, makes new friends of her own, and hears the stories of a generation who survived the Second World War, she begins to find hope again. In a quest to discover the truth about another woman’s lost love, she sets off on a journey across oceans and deep into history. And in making sense of that long-ago tragedy, Ali maybe able to put together the broken pieces of her heart…

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  • Berkley
  • Paperback
  • June 2015
  • 336 Pages
  • 9780425277157

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About Jane Porter

Jane Porter is the USA Today bestselling author of The Good Wife, The Good Daughter, The Good Woman, She’s Gone Country, Mrs. Perfect, Flirting with Forty (basis for the Lifetime movie), and several other novels. There are more than twelve million copies of her books in print. Jane lives in Southern California.

Praise

“Porter writes with genuine warmth and quiet grace about the everyday problems all women face.”—Chicago Tribune

[Porter] understands the passion of grown-up love…Smart, satisfying.”—Robyn Carr

“Porter writes with honesty, warmth, and compassion.”—Library Journal

Discussion Questions

What do you think brought Ali and Diana together into a fast friendship?

Why is Ali so insistent on her dad moving in with her, despite the fact that they can barely talk to each other?

Ali and Andrew’s family are still deep in grief over Andrew’s suicide when the novel begins. Do you think the suicide of a loved one is something someone can ever move beyond?

At first, Ali does not realize that becoming a dentist in Andrew’s father’s practice may not have been Andrew’s wish. Why does it take so long for her to reach this conclusion?

Halfway through the novel, the reader is introduced to Edie’s backstory, which adds a new time, place, and even narrative style to It’s You. How did this inform your reading experience?

What helps Ali realize she needs to forgive Andrew?

Berlin plays an important role as a turning point in Ali’s emotional journey. What city would you pick for a similar soul-searching mission?

Did you see any significance in Ali losing the diary in Berlin? How did that moment alter her course afterward?

Edie’s journals allowed Ali to experience some of what Edie went through, and also allowed Edie to relive her past. Do you keep a journal, and would you share it with someone else?

How does Ali’s relationship with her father evolve throughout the novel? By the novel’s end, do you like where they stand?