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The Adultery Clubby Tess Stimson
Reading Group Guide
1. Consider the trio of voices the author uses in the narrative. How would the novel have been different if the story were told from only one characters point of view?
2. “Its not that I have a particular moral thing about affairs with married men, though its not something Id shout from the rooftops. But at the end of the day, theyre the ones cheating, not you,” (chapter 2). Discuss Sara, specifically her belief stated here. Do you agree that because shes not married, shes not doing anything wrong by having an affair with a man who is?
3. “Im shocked. I would never have thought-he doesnt seem the type,” (chapter 2). What did you think of Nicholas? Did you expect hed be capable of cheating on Malinche? Are there clues or traits about a man that suggest he might cheat?
4. Does Kits friendship hurt or help Malinche? Why does Nicholas dislike him so much?
5. Sara asserts, “A man who cheats with you will cheat on you,” (chapter 2). Nicholas muses, “Is there a gene to infidelity, like those for red hair or big feet?” (chapter 13). For a man, is it a foregone conclusion that once he cheats, its something hes destined to do again and again?
6. “I dont want this. I love my wife. I love my wife,” (chapter 7). Why do you think Nicholas ultimately gives in to Sara?
7. As she witnesses the daughter of a family neighbor hitting on her father, Sara disparages Libby as being a “little tart” and a “homewrecker” (chapter 5). Why is Sara not able to turn such a similar, and harsh, spotlight on herself?
8. “Men give love to get sex…Women give sex to get love. Theres your battle of the sexes right there,” (chapter 11). Is lust purely a mans domain, while love is a womans?
9. “Kit, I kissed another man! And whats worse, I enjoyed it!” (chapter 12). Countering Malinches self-pity, Kit argues that kissing does not constitute adultery; sex is the line to be crossed. What do you think; is one of these acts a bigger betrayal than the other?
10. Discuss Malinches renewed relationship with Trace, especially the timing of it. In your opinion, did her actions constitute adultery?
11. What do you think of the ending? Was it a surprise? Did you wish the book ended differently?
12. Answer the question the books subtitle poses: “A wife. A husband. A mistress. Whose side will you be on?”
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