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Dale Loves Sophie to Death [NOOK Book]

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Robb Forman Dew's cult first novel explores themes of familial and romantic bonds as it tells the story of a woman whose husband stays behind in New England while she and their children spend the summer in her Midwestern hometown.

Winner of the 1982 National Book Award

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Dale Loves Sophie to Death

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Overview

Robb Forman Dew's cult first novel explores themes of familial and romantic bonds as it tells the story of a woman whose husband stays behind in New England while she and their children spend the summer in her Midwestern hometown.

Winner of the 1982 National Book Award

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316055390
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 12/14/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 700,810
  • File size: 771 KB

Reading Group Guide

1. Discuss Dale Loves Sophie to Death as a portrait of a marriage. Do you consider Dinah and Martin's marriage successful? How does it compare with other marriage portraits in the novel-for example, Lawrence and Pam's marriage? Dinah's parents' marriage?

2. Why did Dinah, as an adolescent, consider dancing to be "far sexier than sex" (page 185)? Do you agree with her perceptions about dancing?

3. Discuss Dinah's response to the birth of her first child (pages 174?175). Why was she both embarrassed and enraged?

4. Have you ever had a friend like Isobel? How does Dinah and Isobel's friendship change in the course of the novel?

5. Discuss Dinah's response to Toby's illness. Was she irresponsible in not seeking medical help sooner?

6. The novel offers some very sensual and highly detailed descriptions of food. Discuss the special role that food plays in the Howellses' domesticities.

7. Dinah realizes at a certain point that she has returned to Enfield every summer because she seeks an apology. "She wanted an absolute, blanket apology from Buddy and from Isobel and from Polly and from her father" (page 138). Does Dinah receive such an apology in the course of Dale Loves Sophie to Death? Why?

8. Do you consider Dinah responsible for the death of her father's cat? Discuss the role animals play in the novel. Consider, for example, the lost dog that Dinah and her parents encounter on their walk through town. Consider also the kittens Dr. Briggs brings the Howells children at the end of the novel.

9. "The events that might astonish them now-the only things that could not be foreseen-were the unpleasant surprises" (page 187). Do you agree that Dinah's fate is sealed? That there can lie in store for her no happy surprises?

10. Why do you think Robb Forman Dew chose the title Dale Loves Sophie to Death, particularly in view of the fact that Dale and Sophie are not characters in the book? Do you consider the title appropriate for the novel?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    boring

    couldnt even get through this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    MAIN CAMP #3

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    Posted September 1, 2012

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    Hi Im Sunkit I need a clan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Doompaw

    Takes a trout. Leporedkit, ud better post in the third result. Thats leaders den. I thinkd.

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    Posted July 27, 2012

    Black

    Srry we had to go somewhere

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    Posted July 25, 2012

    ShadenceKit

    Laid down a VERY big bird with dark brown feathers. (I know what it is, ShadenceKit doesn't.)

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    Posted July 27, 2012

    Honeypaw

    Drops a trout shrew and vole

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    Posted July 22, 2012

    Stripepaw

    1 vole.

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    Posted July 21, 2012

    Toxicpaw

    Cloudsong! Meet me in the 18th result for trainimg!

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    Posted July 29, 2012

    Cloudsong

    Puts her thre rabbits and five mice in the pile. ~ cloudsong

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    Posted March 31, 2012

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    Hey i am single blond and blue eyed

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