By David Nicholls
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307474711, 437pp.)
Publication Date: June 15, 2010
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It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.
David Nicholls' novel One Day has become one of the most popular novel in Britain. Each chapter is a snapshot of where July 15 finds the main characters over the 20 years following their high school graduation, as they keep finding -- and just missing -- each other. More at NPR.org
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- To what extent do Emma’s thoughts and assumptions about Dexter [pp. 5-6] and Dexter’s sketch of Emma [pp. 8-9] rely on facile stereotypes they each harbor? In what ways do they embody more measured reflections? How accurate are their assessments? Does their initial encounter make the reader more sympathetic to one of the characters? In what ways might the reader’s gender, experiences, and prejudices affect their feelings about Emma and Dexter?