Yes, this book is completely unputdownable, but we’ll take a breather anyway and open our first discussion for Reconstructing Natalie with these questions:
- Natalie is only 27-years-old when she’s diagnosed with breast cancer. Do you think her age and the fact that she isn’t married make that frightening diagnosis even more difficult? Do you think it would be easier to hear this if you were a married woman in your 50s or 60s?
- Some people pull away from or abandon Natalie once she tells them she has breast cancer. Have you ever had a friend leave or abandon you during a difficult time?
- Natalie makes the choice to have a prophylactic mastectomy so that she won’t have to live in fear of her cancer recurring in the non-cancerous breast. Did that seem like a drastic step to you? Would you consider taking such a step if you had a similar diagnosis?
- Some people at Natalie’s church say thoughtless things to her when she’s first diagnosed. Do you think they were being mean or just clueless? Have you ever had someone at church or work say something insensitive to you when you were going through a trying time? How did you handle it?
- What are your thoughts on Laura Jensen Walker’s writing style? Are you finding yourself interested in reading more of her novels? Why or why not?
No holds barred – juicy stuff completely welcome!