A Hundred Pieces of Me
Praise For A Hundred Pieces of Me…
“Such a brilliant book. So satisfying and clever and deeply moving. I’ll be passing it on to all my friends.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella
“This vibrant and uplifting novel has not only entertained me hugely, but made me change the way I look at life.”—Katie Fforde, bestselling author of A French Affair
“Simply wonderful...a real ‘just one more chapter before bed’ novel.”—Milly Johnson, bestselling author of It’s Raining Men
“A warm, heartbreakingly brilliant novel that will make you re-evaluate your ideas of love and life along with the main character, Gina. Tissues essential.”—Ali Harris, author of The First Last Kiss
“I can think of few lovelier ‘me’ moments than the joy of being curled up with a truly magical novel like this one.”—Fiona Walker, bestselling author of The Love Letter
“A gorgeous story—perfect for an indulgent and absorbing treat.”—Lulu Taylor, author of Outrageous Fortune
Berkley Publishing Group, 9780425276730, 453pp.
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
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With each major life event, Gina expects her “new life” to
start: when she gets married, when she gets divorced and
when she moves into her new apartment. “She tried to center
herself: the white walls, the bold blue vase on the windowsill,
the soft lamps, the hyacinth candle. Her place. Her new
life.” Do you think, at the end, that Gina gets a “new life”
and an entirely fresh start?
If you could keep only a hundred things from your life, what
kinds of things would they be? What would they represent?
The narration jumps around in time, as if the reader is
unpacking with Gina and reliving memories with her. What
effect does this have on you as the reader? If the novel’s
events had unfolded in chronological order, how would that
have changed your interpretation?
The novel often references karma and everything evening
out in the end. At her wedding, Gina says to Naomi, “Don’t
you think that . . . sometimes the universe balances things
out? . . . You know, we all get our share of good luck and bad luck, eventually.” Do you think that the book supports
this theory of karma?
The three men in Gina’s life are very different. Nick is “a
man who made her want to do things . . . Not show her, like
Kit, or tell her, like Stuart.” Do you think, though, that she
meets each man when she needs him the most, or is she
meant to be with Nick all along?
Gina loves old houses for their history and their ability to
tell a story. However, at the end, she wants to go to her new
apartment with Nick because “there’s nothing in my flat.
No history. Just us.” How do you reconcile Gina’s love for
old houses, filled with ghosts, with her love for her new,
Stuart’s character evolves as the reader learns more about
him and his relationship with Gina. In the end, do you think
Stuart deserves his happy new life with Bryony?
Toward the end of the novel, Gina is surprised to learn that
she was a “reckless” child. She also earlier expresses that she
hates having her picture taken because she never looks like
she does in her head. What are some of the differences in the
way Gina sees herself versus how others see her? When
defining our own personalities, how much weight do we
need to give how other people perceive us?
Throughout the novel, Gina tends to draw a firm line between
childhood and adulthood, thinking she should recognize
a “starting gate into proper adulthood.” When do you
think “proper adulthood” begins? Is it something easily
definable, like when you get married or when you move into
your own place?
Why do you think Gina married Stuart? Was it because she
felt pressure from her mother and Naomi, because she felt it was time to settle down or for an entirely different reason?
Further, do you think they ever truly loved each other?
Gina and Janet are usually at each other’s throats. However,
do you think they are more alike than different? Why or
Gina often imagines the different paths her life could have
taken. At the Magistrate’s House, she wonders if “this was
the house she and Kit would have had, if the version of her
life in which she married him and had several blond and
angelic children had happened.” Do you think that if the
accident had never happened, Gina would have ended up
As she gives her things away to charity, Gina wonders if
“they’d be constructing her personality from books she’d
never got round to reading. From clothes she’d never found
the right occasion for.” If all your belongings were put in a
box and given away, do you think the people unpacking it
would be able to paint an accurate picture of your personality?
How deep would it go?
Gina feels incredibly guilty for “the accident.” To what extent
do you think this guilt controls her life?
Throughout her life, Gina collects objects that she attaches
meanings to, “creating this paper trail of possessions.”
By the end of the novel, Gina has abandoned her hundred-
project, replacing objects with experiences. Do you
think that the novel is trying to convey that objects are
worthless? Are some objects worth holding on to? Why or