A Family Affair

A Family Affair

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451639698
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 711,116
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s #1 national bestselling novels include Let the Church Say Amen, I Know I’ve Been Changed, and Say Amen, Again, winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Her collaboration with Victoria Christopher Murray has produced four hit novels, Sinners & Saints, Friends & Foes, A Blessing and a Curse, and Fortune & Fame. BET released a movie in 2013 based on ReShonda’s book Let the Church Say Amen in which she had a minor role . She also had a role in the made-for-TV movie The Secret She Kept based on her book of the same title. Visit ReShondaTateBillingsley.com, meet the author on Facebook at ReShondaTateBillingsley, or follow her on Twitter @Reshondat.

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for A Family Affair includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


When Olivia Dawson’s mother confesses on her deathbed that Olivia’s father is the rich business owner Bernard Wells, Olivia and her best friend Mona head to Los Angeles to get some questions answered. When Olivia arrives, she finds a father who wants to keep her quiet, a brother she has vague and loving memories of, and the woman who banished her and her mother from Bernard’s house years ago and who has spent her life denying Olivia’s existence. Secrets can bind families together, or they can rip families apart. As startling revelations come to light, the patchwork family must learn to redefine love and to understand how lucky they can be.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. Olivia’s mother kept the existence of her father a secret. Do you agree with what she did? By the end of the story, do you think the secret Olivia’s mother kept was for Olivia, her father, or herself?

2. Is it ever okay to keep a secret from a family member or a friend in order to protect them? Has a family member or friend ever kept a big secret from you? Did you understand why they kept the secret and how did you feel?

3. What would you do in Olivia’s shoes when she walks into the England Enterprises building and meets Bernard for the first time?

4. Do you agree with Mona that “everything happens for a reason”?

5. Do you sympathize with Bernard’s mistress Alyssa?

6. What do you think Walter’s role in the story is?

7. Do you agree with Walter’s belief that when he is going through trials in life “that’s God working it out”?

8. Initially, what are your thoughts about Adele? Do they change by the end of the story, and if so, how?

9. What do you think of the revelation that Olivia learns from the letter her mother wrote to Bernard?

10.What do you think of Bernard turning to Walter for advice at the end of the novel? Has he changed? Is he redeemed?

Enhance Your Book Club

1. Sketch some designs for England Enterprises. Share your fashion visions with the book club.

2. Bring some music to your book club meeting and create a sound track for A Family Affair.

3. See what Olivia is headed for in the Juilliard dance program: http://catalog.juilliard.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=13&poid=1266&returnto=1389. Select your ideal courses for her.

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A Family Affair 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ten Stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just read thepreview and I'm already anticipating what is to come.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Good read
LoisFL More than 1 year ago
Great Read!! Entertaining throughout. Also includes some wise advice included in the story. The audiobook was so well done.
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kdlw More than 1 year ago
It took me a week to read this book. This book shows you what secrets can do to a family.  I didn't like how Bernard what a punk in the beginning ot the story. This is a must read.