Discussion #2: The Wildwater Walking Club & Final Wrap-Up

That’s right – we’re actually ready for discussion #2 and final wrap-up of book #36, The Wildwater Walking Club. So let’s get this chat started with these questions:

  • What do you think the three women’s reaching out to Annalisa, who is essentially a stranger, says about them? About women in general?
  • How does each of the three main characters—Noreen, Tess and Rosie—change during the course of the novel? What triggers these changes?
  • Have you ever had to decide whether to tell a teenager’s mother you saw her/him sneaking out/smoking a cigarette/ etc.? Where do you think you should draw the line between doing the right thing and minding your own business?
  • Do you believe men like Michael-Don’t-Call-Me-Mike are essentially redeemable? Why or why not?
  • Rating time: How do you rate The Wildwater Walking Club using our famous scale from 1-10 (1=complete garbage, 10=top notch)?

So? What shall we read next? Got any ideas for our next selection?

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5 Responses to Discussion #2: The Wildwater Walking Club & Final Wrap-Up

  1. * What do you think the three women’s reaching out to Annalisa, who is essentially a stranger, says about them? About women in general?
    Their reaching out shows they are caring & kind-hearted women who find happiness in nurturing others. These are typical motherly qualities that women tend to have, at least those who are born with that instinct.

    * How does each of the three main characters—Noreen, Tess and Rosie—change during the course of the novel? What triggers these changes?
    Not only did the women all become more fit by walking together, but they also found direction in their lives. Noreen found strength and focus on her career path, Tess became less angry and actually started to understand her daughter, and Rosie realized that she could have a life beyond her father’s farm. I think having time to reflect on one’s situation to gain better perspective on circumstances, possibly accompanied by an unexpected life change such as job loss, triggers such changes just as it did in these women’s lives.

    * Have you ever had to decide whether to tell a teenager’s mother you saw her/him sneaking out/smoking a cigarette/ etc.? Where do you think you should draw the line between doing the right thing and minding your own business?
    Yes, but then I realized the mother could care less because she was leading by example, so I didn’t bother. If I thought the behavior was endangering someone, then I would absolutely ‘do the right thing’. However, in the case that I mentioned, minding my own business was the right thing to do.

    * Do you believe men like Michael-Don’t-Call-Me-Mike are essentially redeemable? Why or why not?
    Not unless they get their priorities straight. Michael in the book seemed hopeless, but maybe more sessions with the Fresh Horizons group would make a difference. Make that several more!

    * Rating time: How do you rate The Wildwater Walking Club using our famous scale from 1-10 (1=complete garbage, 10=top notch)?
    This book gets a 9+ from me. I liked how Claire Cook told the story with humor, yet kept it real and believable. The ending seemed a little letdown-ish, as I wanted to know more about Noreen and Rick’s future. Otherwise, I think The Wildwater Walking Club is a great read!

  2. maksbestfriend says:

    What do you think the three women’s reaching out to Annalisa, who is essentially a stranger, says about them? About women in general?

    I think that it showed that they are very compassionate women, who care about the bigger world than just the one on their collective block. I love that they communicated with Annalisa and that the new teacher reached out to them, kind of the circle of life coming around again.

    How does each of the three main characters—Noreen, Tess and Rosie—change during the course of the novel? What triggers these changes?

    I think that each of the three women learned how to let their guards down and to experience life. I think that each woman had issues in their own lives that they did not share easily, and over the course of weeks, and getting to know each other, they were able to open up and share the bits and pieces of each others lives and that is what helped them all to grow and become close friends.

    Have you ever had to decide whether to tell a teenager’s mother you saw her/him sneaking out/smoking a cigarette/ etc.? Where do you think you should draw the line between doing the right thing and minding your own business?

    No, I have not been put in that situation. I think that must be so hard because your are torn in both directions, wanting to tell the mother and not wanting to be a snitch on the child. I think that you should way the pros and cons and decide what is important to you. Would you want to know what your child is doing when you aren’t looking?

    Do you believe men like Michael-Don’t-Call-Me-Mike are essentially redeemable? Why or why not?

    Not unless there is a big reality check. I thought his leaving the job would be it for him, but it turns out he is an opportunist. I think that there is going to have to be some big thing that literally slaps him up side the head to get his attention.

    Rating time: How do you rate The Wildwater Walking Club using our famous scale from 1-10 (1=complete garbage, 10=top notch)?

    I am giving this one another solid 10! I loved this book! Very well written!

    I suggest Reconstructing Natalie, by Laura Jensen Walker.

  3. @maksbestfriend – Great answers! About the Would you want to know what your child is doing when you aren’t looking? question, heck yes! Unfortunately, some mom’s would rather not know. Crazy at that seems. And there are also the parents who assume their teenager will give in to peer pressure and take drugs anyway. (Not pointing any fingers. Nope, won’t go there.)

    On a lighter note, I also vote for Reconstructing Natalie. Ready to go?

  4. maksbestfriend says:

    Am I ready to go? Let’s see..I am on page 26, so yes that is a go.

    This is the cover of the one that I have in my hands right now..

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000QYEYGG/ref=sr_1_olp_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242931659&sr=1-2.

  5. Knew you had it, and I have that exact same cover on my borrowed copy. I’m on ch 2, so looks like it’s a go for both of us. Way to hit the ground running, eh?

    Ok, I’ll go ahead and post it before doing the daily kid shuttle. Will be sitting at the cello lesson later this afternoon, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect. 🙂

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