Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Sing You Home: BBTO Book Club Week 1

I’m having a hard time sleeping this week. I’m totally engrossed in SING YOU HOME by Jodie Picoult that I don’t want to go to bed. I’m really enjoying it and I’m excited to hear what you think. 

There are so many interesting things going on in the book – I really had no idea when I bought it. There’s marital problems, divorce, infertility, custody over unborn babies and religious intolerance just to touch on a few… 

We will have lots to talk about!

Who is in for the first ever BBTO online Book Club?

So far we’ve got: 

Stacey in Florida 
Heather in Ottawa (are you in?)
Lesley (me)

Below are a few questions to begin the conversation this week. I’ve borrowed them from Jodie Picoult’s website which you can visit to find out lots of interesting things about the author and how this book came to be. 

Questions for BBTO Book Club Week 1:
1. “The music we choose is a clear reflection of who we really are”. (p. 135) What songs would be on a mix tape that describes you?
2. Every life has a soundtrack. Name a song that brings back a memory of a time or place. Does it matter how much time has passed?
3. “There was no room in my marriage for me anymore, except as genetic material.” (p. 51) Why does Max give up on his relationship with Zoe? Is his weak, or callous – or in any way justified? How has his experience of infertility and IVF affected him? How do Max and Zoe differ in their handling of disappointment and grief? Do you think they would have stayed together if they hadn’t lost their baby?
4. The author skillfully presents the struggle couples with fertility issues have with IVF. Any insights to share?

Either post your answers in the comments section for all or email them to me HERE.
And for those in Toronto I am hoping we can meet up in April to talk about this book, future picks and swap some really good books. Let me know if you're in!

Author Jodie Picoult


  1. Great starter questions. I'm gonna read a bit further before I offer some answers. Looking forward to completing the book and having our first meet up! Woot!

  2. Answers (so far). I'm about halfway through and loving it!

    1 and 2. These question would take way too much time to answer fully. A mixed tape that would be a reflection of points in my life, rather than a description of me would definitely have some Doors, Wilco, Gloria Estefan, Liz Phair, The Kinks, Madonna, Beastie Boys, Outkast and Eminem.

    3. I think any great life stress can break up a marriage, never mind a stress that has been going on for 10 years.

    4. I tried for a total of 5 months to have my first son (a short time in the grand scheme of things- I think the average is 8 months). Those months were an emotional roller coaster of great hope followed by deep and mounting disappointment. I can't imagine what couples going through IVF endure.

  3. Great answers Liisa. I am learning a lot about my friends on this blog. I don't think we've ever really chatted about music. I love that Eminem is on your list!

    I couldn't agree more on #3.

    And like you, I can't imagine how heartbreaking it would be to not be able to have children. Or how frustrating IVF can be. I am sympathetic but only someone who has been through it would know how it feels. Nobody should have to go through that.

  4. PS. I am so glad that you are enjoying. I am really tired because I stayed up way past my bedtime last night to finish it.