Now that we’re really cruising through, why not go ahead with the second discussion on book #28, Flirting with Forty? While trying not to spoil the ending, here are some safe questions for chatting purposes:
- Why do Jackie’s friends find her expectations about happiness disturbing? And at one point in the novel Nic even suggests that children should be taught not to want so much, do you agree or disagree?
- Does age really make a difference? Why do you think most people find it easier to accept the idea of a romance between a younger
woman and an older man more acceptable than a romance between a younger man and an older woman?
- Are you optimistic about Jackie and Kai’s chances of successfully carrying out a longterm long-distance relationship? Why/why not?
- Our children become part of the world so fast and it’s our job to prepare them, transition them, our job to love them and gracefully step back and let them go.” How do you relate to this as a parent? Do you think you’ll be prepared to let your children go when the time comes?
- Jackie asks “Does anyone else ever feel like a faker? Does anyone else ever feel like a pretend grown-up, someone masquerading
as a mother or the nice woman next door?” What’s your response? Why do people seem to think it’s important to play the part, wear the clothes, even when they don’t feel like they fi t into the role?