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Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawnby Kris Radish
Reading Group Guide
1. In a scene that gives the novel its title, Janice recalls the tea shop owner whose rare brew gave her a life-saving glimpse at beauty. What does this encounter indicate about her path to healing? Discuss some of the unexpected comforts that have shaped the course of your life.
2. Susan, whose shattered glass opens the novel, faces numerous other fragile situations, including an unexpected pregnancy. The primary source of Alices sorrow is the death of her newborn daughter. What do these two perspectives indicate about the individual nature of motherhood and its circumstances?
3. Chris, Gail, and Mary all demonstrate quests to find fulfilling roles. What is the source of Chriss career crisis? In what ways does Gail redefine family? Is Mary authentically happy in her role as nurturer?
4. Sandys story illustrates the bliss of love and the bitter pain of loss when a drunk driver takes the life of her soul mate. Besides introducing her to Lenny, what gifts does this walk bring to Sandy?
5. What does Meg discover about the bonds between generations, including the women in her family and also between Tomas and his father? What is the best way to determine whether to continue a legacy or break from tradition?
6. What enabled Aunt Marcia to build such an unconventional and rewarding life for herself? Do you believe that the freedoms enjoyed by her nieces generation are secure?
7. Discuss the various members of Megs support team-especially Elizabeth, Jane, and Dr. C. Are they an unlikely group? How do their approaches to comfort compare?
8. The men Meg thinks of most often are her son, her husband, and her father. In what ways do they influence her understanding of herself?
9. In the novels epilogue, the poem by Chesnay Susan Thomas offers a beautiful vision of allowing a true self to emerge. If you were to encounter the infamous dancing dogs, which one would you choose? How would your describe your freedom dance?
10. What common circumstances do the women in these novels share? What is the ultimate source of their pain? What ultimately heals them?
11. Compare the settings of the novels. What escapes from suburbia are presented?
12. Would you characterize Kris Radishs storytelling approach as realistic, fanciful, or both?
13. Which characters awakening resonated most with you?
14. If you were to experience the Women Walker Effect or participate in a Reverse Bridal Shower, what burdens would you release? What new directions would you explore? Would you need companions, or do you perceive self-discovery as a solitary process?
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