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Beautiful Inez


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1. On page 6, were told that “Sylvia Brans career as a voyant is about to begin.” What did you imagine that meant when you read it? What do you think it means now? Who turns out to be the more successful voyant, Sylvia or Inez?

2. What part do language and etymology play in the story? How does Sylvia use language as a barrier? Or a weapon?

3. Throughout the novel, questions of role and identity are raised: Sylvia pretends to be a reporter to meet Inez; Jake wears Bermuda shorts to court as a sort of costume; Christine dresses like a hooker for her final rendezvous with Jake. What role does Inez assume? Is she convincing?

4. On page 175, Inez admits to herself that “she doesnt care who Sylvia is. Let her be whoever she wants.” Why is Inez willing to continue the affair after such a grave deception? How does their relationship change as a result?

5. How does the Cuban Missile Crisis impact the various characters? Do you think they might have behaved differently if it werent for the specter of imminent death?

6. Do you believe in Hys concept of a “mind lasso”? Which characters wield it best? Do they know theyre doing it?

7. Music is woven throughout the novel: Inez plays Paganini for Sylvia on their first meeting, then plays with the symphony; Jake whistles jazz everywhere he goes; Sylvia plays piano in the showroom, and for Bibi in the mental hospital. What does each characters relationship to music tell us about him or her?

8. On page 273, Inez thinks, “A woman like her isnt brave enough to walk away from her family, her children, and go on living. She cannot make so sharp a left turn in her life, nor can she sit idle.” Why do you think Inez feels this way and continues to contemplate suicide, even while she seems so happy? How might things be different if the story took place in a different era?

9. Food has a different significance for each character, in, for example, Inezs fluctuating appetite or Jakes gourmet assignations with Christine. How does Sylvias simple, sensual attitude compare? What does Isaacs disdain for “goyish” mashed potatoes reveal?

10. Was it wrong for Jake to bring Isaac home to live with them? Did he have any other options?

11. How does Bibis benediction alter the relationship between Inez and Sylvia?

12. How does the fact that Sylvias mother was a suicide influence her response to Inezs initial confession? And later, when Inez announces her “irreversible decision”?

13. What role does religious belief play in the story? Is it a help, or a liability?

14. Consider the theme of betrayal in the novel. Christine has a speech on page 223 in which she says: “Whos betraying whom. Isnt that the question were always at the point of asking our spouse? Or have we already decided? Its them.” Who is betraying whom?

15. What do the chapter headings signify? Why do you think the author chose to name each chapter individually?

16. Did the ending surprise you? How might it have been different if the story took place in our era?

Product Details

Schneider, Bart
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Married women
Historical fiction
Psychological fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
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8.02x5.26x.80 in. .57 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Three Rivers Press (CA) - English 9781400054435 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From critically acclaimed novelist Bart Schneider comes a captivating tale of romantic love and sexual adventure, social change and family upheavals, set against the vibrant backdrop of San Francisco in the 1960s.

Inez Roseman has a brilliant career as a violinist with the San Francisco Symphony, a successful husband, and two bright and talented children. But despite her seemingly perfect life, Inez is obsessed with thoughts of suicide.

Sylvia Bran also has an obsession. Enraptured with the beautiful violinist, she pretends to be a reporter and arranges to interview Inez. At once seductive and solicitous, she awakens Inez from the suffocating grip of her career, the demands of motherhood, and the tensions caused by her husband's many affairs. The two women become lovers, embarking on a dance of passion and betrayal that soon spins out of control.

Like Arthur Golden's "Memoirs of a Geisha and Michael Cunningham's "The Hours, "Beautiful Inez is an unexpected journey into the lives of masterfully drawn, unforgettable women, by one of the literary world's leading writers.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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