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A Hundred Pieces of Me

Lucy Dillon

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"Lovely." --Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You and One Plus One

From the bestselling author of Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts comes a delightful, compulsively readable novel about second chances and the magic of letting go...

Reeling from her recent divorce, Gina Bellamy suddenly finds herself figuring out how to live on her own. Determined to make a fresh start--with her beloved rescue greyhound by her side--Gina knows drastic measures are in order.

First up: throwing away all her possessions except for the one hundred things that mean the most to her. But what items are worth saving? Letters from the only man she's ever loved? A keepsake of the father she never knew? Or a blue glass vase that perfectly captures the light?

As she lets go of the past, Gina begins to come to terms with what has happened in her life and discovers that seizing the day is sometimes the only thing to do. And when one decides to do just that...magic happens.

Includes an Author Q & A


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



About the Author

Lucy Dillon is the national bestselling author of The Secret of Happy Ever After, Walking Back to Happiness, and Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts. She lives in Herefordshire, England, with her pair of basset hounds, Bonham and Violet.


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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,


empty apartment?


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


why not?


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


with Kit?


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-


things


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


why not?