A few suggested book club discussion questions about THE VANISHING YEAR. They may contain mild spoilers, so please do not read unless you’ve read the book:
- The primary themes of The Vanishing Year have to do with identity. What makes you, you? Is it where you’ve been, or what you’ve been through? How much of your past informs your future?
- Zoe and her mother, Evelyn, had an unusual relationship. What did you think? Do you think she would have mothered differently had Zoe’s adoptive father still be alive?
- Zoe said her mother was “fascinated by money”. Do you think this is because she had none? Do you think this fascination played any part into how quickly Zoe fell for Henry? How much of the “root” Zoe longed for was related to money and wealth?
- Zoe has become accustomed to a life of loneliness. Even with Henry, many of her days are spent in solitude. Do you think this influenced how fast she latched on to Cash? Why do you think she abandoned Lydia, only to later come back?
- Why do you think Zoe fell so fast for Henry?
- Who did you relate to most in the story?
- Were you surprised by the ending? Which part (Tara, Penny, Evelyn)?
- At what point in the book did you put the puzzle of Tara, Zoe, and Henry together? If you were not surprised by the reveal, did you enjoy the way the story unfolded? Why or why not?