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An Unfinished Life by Mark Spragg April 1, 2006

Posted by pvccbookclub in Current Discussion.

April's book club selection is An Unfinished Life by Mark Spragg. This
book is the OneBookAZ community reading selection for April.

There will be many book discussions on An Unfinished Life all across Arizona during the month of April. Visit the OneBookAZ homepage to find out where they will be occuring. We will have two live discussions of this book at the PVCC Library. Please, join us either Monday, April 17th from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm or Wednesday April 19th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Jean Gilkyson has run out of options. She must run away from her
latest abusive boyfriend and keep her daughter, Griff out of harm's
way. The only place she can go to is the home Einar Gilkyson, her
father-in-law, and the man who blames her for his son's death. Einar
lives with his best friend, a black, disabled cowboy named Mitch. Mitch
and Griff play a central role in healing the chasm that separates Jean
and Einar. But this reconciliation comes at a great cost.

Questions to consider for discussion:

Why is Einar so upset when he finds Jean trying on some of his deceased wife's clothing one night?

How is Griff like her father? How is her relationship with Einar different from her father's?

Why is it important to the story that Mitch is black?

Describe Griff's relationship with her mother. How does Jean's guilt and grief shape her relationship with Griff and with Einar?

If you could choose the reading selection for OneBookAZ or a similar
community-wide book discussion, what would you choose and why?