When a DNA test reveals a long-buried secret, a woman must look to the past to understand her mother and herself. Following her acclaimed debut novel, You and Me and Us, Alison Hammer offers a deeply moving story of family, identity, relationships, and Jewish culture.
Little Pieces of Me: A Novel
September 1, 2020
Courtesy of HarperCollins
- Do you think Andy suspected Paige was his child? If so, do you think he took the DNA test in hopes of connecting with her?
- Paige is dealing with a crisis of identity. She lost her job, is about to get married, and then finds out about her Not Parent Expected. How much do your job, your family, or your social status play into your identity and how you see yourself?
- Have you taken a DNA test? If you have, why did you decide to do so? If you haven’t, would you consider it? Why or why not? If the DNA test revealed surprising information, would it change the way you see yourself or your family?
- Do you think Betsy made the best choice for herself and her daughter by leading Mark to believe the baby was his? Do you think Mark ever suspected?
- Paige tells her mom that she forgives her, and Elizabeth gets upset and says she doesn’t need forgiveness for something that happened before Paige was born. What do you think about that? Did Elizabeth owe Paige an apology for anything?
- Paige’s group of friends all struggle with feeling different at some point in their lives. It’s one of the things they have in common. Have you ever felt different? How did you deal with those feelings? Do you have any groups of friends where you’re the same kind of different?
- In college, William is not very accepting of Andy’s desire to stay closeted, even though William himself had a traumatic experience coming out. What do you think of their relationship? In what ways was it good, and in what ways was it destructive?
- Do you think Maks made the right decision to trick Paige into going to Naples? How do you think he should have handled the situation, knowing what is best for his friend even if that friend doesn’t see it?
- Paige feels a lot of anxiety over her perceived judgment from both society and her younger sister about being an “old” bride. Do you think the wedding industry caters to young brides? Do you agree with Elizabeth that love at any age deserves to be celebrated?
- Paige and Elizabeth have a conversation about different kinds of love throughout one’s life. What kind of love do you think Elizabeth and Mark had? What kind of love do Paige and Jeff have? Has the kind of love you look for changed over time?
- What do you think Paige and Andy’s relationship will look like in the next five years? Do you think Andy and Elizabeth will have any relationship at all? How about Paige and Frannie?
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