Heart of the Matter

By Emily Giffin
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410426406, 537pp.)

Publication Date: June 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, Paperback, Paperback

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Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home mother of two and the wife of Nick Russo, a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie -- a little boy who has never known his father. Although they live in the same upscale Boston suburb, the two women have relatively little in common. Until one night, when Charlie is at a sleepover, and a split-second accident sends him to the hospital and Dr. Russo.

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  1. Discuss the opening lines of the novel: “Whenever I hear of someone else’s tragedy . . . I find myself reconstructing those final ordinary moments. Moments that make up our lives. Moments that were blissfully taken for granted—and that likely would have been forgotten altogether but for what followed. The before snapshots.” Have you had an event in your life with clear before and after snapshots? What were those snapshots for you?

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