Book Club Week: Day Five

Book Club Week: Day Five

Welcome to In Leah’s Wake Book Club Week, a week of events devoted to helping readers (both existing and new) get more out of the literary fiction novel In Leah’s Wake.


Today’s events

– Terri answers readers’ questions in ‘Readers’ questions #5and ‘Readers’ questions #6′

– A character post from one of the central characters, Todd Corbett

– An excerpt from In Leah’s Wake


Book specific question

Will and Zoe are invested in providing for and doing well by their children, which means they work harder than perhaps they should. Work takes them away from their children; one day, they wake up and realize that, while they were working, pushing themselves to get ahead and succeed, their eldest child has gone off in a dangerous new direction.

As a culture, we put tremendous pressure on children to succeed, but we define success very narrowly, in terms of money and achievement. Leah recognizes the hypocrisy in the rat race. She’s lived her own version in soccer. She’s pushed herself hard; by most measures, she’s succeeded. Yet success does not make her happy – any more than achievements at work make Zoe or Will happy. Leah sees this and wants to simplify her life. That’s a positive impulse; unfortunately, partly because it’s nonconforming, it takes her in a negative direction.

As long as she’s willing to live up to the expectations of others, she’s accepted and even celebrated. As soon as she tries to take control of her own life, questions the rules, spreads her wings, she meets resistance. She’s suspended from the soccer team, her old friends abandon her, and her best friend’s mom forbids her daughter (Cissy) from hanging out with Leah. Because of their high profile, the family is known throughout the town. The middle school kids – Justine’s peers – whisper about her and the patients at the counseling center ostracize Zoe.

If we are indeed responsible for all members of our village, did this village meet their responsibilities? Why or why not?

Should the community – or school system – have done more to help the Tylers? Why or why not? If yes, what might they have done to help the family?

Who helped Leah and her family most? Who let Leah or the Tylers down? What were their motivations? Were they sincere or did they have selfish ulterior motives? Jerry Johnson falls in love with Zoe, for instance. Is this the only reason he steps in?

Why not leave a comment below and share your thoughts?


Fun extras

We hope you’ll also stop by the “Fun & Freebies” page, where you can access the In Leah’s Wake playlist, listen to some of Terri’s radio interviews and download In Leah’s Wake wallpaper files. And why not take the character quiz below and find out which In Leah’s Wake character you are?


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About the Author:

Terri Giuliano Long, a frequent guest blogger, with appearances on hundreds of blogs, is a contributing writer for IndieReader and also wrote for Her Circle eZine. She lives with her family on the East Coast. Her debut novel, In Leah’s Wake, winner of the Global eBook Award, Popular Fiction, and Indie Discovery Award, Literary Fiction, has sold over 130,000 copies worldwide.


  1. Kriss Morton April 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Unfortunately she created the homely to advance a particular line of legislation policy shifts ect. Hillary is awful.

    As for the line if I was to take the Hillary out of the equation (believe me the name makes me want to take a hot hot shower *shudder*) I think we need to do what makes the best sense for your family. IF You can help, you do, if by helping you take focus off your own family. NO. If you can work in a community of people that work together, of course! We had a babysitting club with all my military wive friends. We seemed to all have babies (five of us) within a month of each other. The smallest family was with three children. We took turns giving each others chances to go shopping or have a day for ourselves. We also wet nursed each others children. It was the most amazing group of women I have ever known!

  2. Terri Giuliano Long April 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I completely agree, Kriss – we all have our own lives and responsibilities. Attending to all the needs of our own family can be tough, never mind taking care of others in the community. I do feel that we owe it to the families in our communities to rally around them, as opposed to judge and ostracize them, when they face difficulties. It's just as easy to say a kind word as it is to criticize – and kind words go a long way. :)

    As with your group, a friend and I shared babysitting and child care duties when my children are young. It really was wonderful! Your women's group sounds amazing! If more of us took the time to do that for one another, as long as we took care to be sure favors were reciprocal, I think we'd all be less stressed out!

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