Book Club Guide for Fractured


 “It’s just a move,” her father said. Her mother shrugged. Sarah cried. Fourteen and her dream country club life shattered. It’s not just a move, it’s a move to a farm with fields and animals and miles of dusty roads between farmhouses. She isn’t even part of a town. Neither is her mother. These two lives move in parallel as each negotiates change within the confines of the 1950s Midwest mores. A perfect family: executive father, trophy wife, two daughters until this move rips the scabs off the marriage and fractures the family structure.


Questions and Topics for Discussion:

  1. In what ways does the story’s title refer to the action taking place with the characters?
  2. The setting in this novel is 1950s Michigan. Relate the setting’s importance to the events unfolding in the story.
  3. How would you describe this family, individually and as a unit?
  4. Why does Sarah proclaim that her father has ruined her life? Has he?
  5. Describe Sarah’s character arc. Who is she at the beginning of the book? Who is she at the end?
  6. What symbols operate in this story?
  7. Describe the roles of the secondary characters Grandpa and Marla.
  8. What does the future hold for Sarah? For Rose?
  9. In what ways does this story define friendship?
  10. What would you define as the underlying themes in this book?