TWO OF A KIND

By YonaZeldis McDonough
New American LibrarySeptember 2013
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Trade Paperback448 pages, $15.00, ISBN: 9780451239532
Subject: Relationships / Family / Personal Challenges

  1. What are your first impressions of the two main characters, Christina Connelly and Andy Stern? Are they positive or negative?
  2. Did those initial impressions change over the course of the novel and if so, how does that happen?
  3. How does the old adage “opposites attract” play out here?
  4. Do you feel that the differences in these two characters can be successfully overcome and that their marriage will stand the test of time?
  5. What role does Andy’s mother play? Do you feel Ida is sympathetic character?
  6. How do Jordan and Oliver affect the relationship of their parents? Do you think they will be able to blend successfully and become a family?
  7. Oliver accepts Christina much more easily than Jordan does Andy. Do you think that has more to do with who Andy is or who Jordan is?
  8. Both Christina and Andy were happily married prior to the novel’s opening. What effect do those prior relationships have on the one they are trying to build?
  9. What significance does Christina’s house play in the novel? How did you feel about what happens to it?
  10. Christina is a believer in the poetry of objects. Are there particular objects that elicit this kind of response in you?

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