A Life Apart: A Novel

A Life Apart: A Novel

by L. Y. Marlow

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307719409
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 384,400
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

L. Y. MARLOW is the author of Color Me Butterfly and the founder of Saving Promise, a national organization dedicated to raising awareness of and preventing domestic violence. She lives in Maryland.


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We hope you enjoy this discussion guide for A LIFE APART by L.Y. Marlow.  Please note that L.Y. loves supporting book clubs and is available to join book club discussions of A LIFE APART or COLOR ME BUTTERFLY by phone or SKYPE.  To learn more, visit the book club info page on her website: www.LYMarlow.com

1. The introduction opens with “You may think I got no right to be here, no right at all.” What do you think was meant by these words and what significance did it have on the story?

2. The book begins with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. What did you think about how Morris’s life was saved by Robert, the young black sailor, and how this incident changed the course of Morris’s life?

3. What did you think about Morris and Bernard’s friendship, and the way the black soldiers were segregated from the white soldiers, and the impact it had on Morris and Bernard’s relationship?

4. When Morris first meets Beatrice, why do you think there was such a profound connection between them, especially given a time when interracial relationships were frowned upon?

5. What did you think about the letters between Morris and Beatrice and Morris and Agnes? Do you think they revealed what he felt about both women? Why do you think the author chose to use the letters?

6. How culpable was Beatrice in the pain that Morris caused Agnes? How much do you think she blamed herself for the hurt they caused Agnes and their daughters?

7. Why do you think Agnes was so enamored with portraying the perfect family?   Do you think she knew about the love affair between Morris and Beatrice?

8. When Morris brings Sam and Sadie Mae to meet Agnes and Emma for the first time, do you think Agnes was right to throw them out of her home and heart?

9. What did you think about the relationship between Sam and Sadie Mae and how they viewed their differences, especially Sadie Mae?

10. Why do you think Beatrice agreed to help Morris take care of Agnes? Do you think that this was wrong for her to do? 

11. What did you think about the friendship between Agnes and Beatrice? And the power of forgiveness?

12. Do you think you could forgive a person given the same circumstances?

13. Do you think Morris regretted his choices that ultimately hurt two families? If so, how did he portray his remorse? 

14. How does the book portray interracial love affairs, which were taboo during that time? Were there any scenes in the book that resonated most with you? 

15. How do you think blended families affect our society today? Do you think it’s more accepted today, then it was during that time? 

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A Life Apart: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story, well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lindz2012 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this era a bit. I was keep interest in WWII. I also like the way this book went about differently and how thing got complicated between the father and mother of the book. I also like how a romance happened between a white solider and a black solider sister. You learn about some of the things going on Civil Rights. You see it though his daughters, there mothers. It really is a good book.