The Hundred Gifts (Paperback)

By Jennifer Scott

Berkley Books, 9780451473240, 384pp.

Publication Date: October 27, 2015

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Description

The national bestselling author of The Sister Season shares a new novel about a woman who discovers the spirit of the season is truly in the giving....

With the holidays around the corner, empty-nester Bren Epperson realizes that for the first time in decades, she has no large family to cook for, no celebration to create. So she starts teaching a holiday cooking class, and it's a hit--until Virginia Mash, the old lady upstairs, bursts in complaining. Rather than retaliate, Bren suggests that the class shower Virginia with kindness--and give her one hundred gifts. So they embark on the plan to lift a heart. Along the way, amidst the knitting and the making and the baking, they'll discover the best gifts can't be bought and family celebrations can be reborn.

CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED.


About the Author

Jennifer Scott is the national bestselling, award-winning author of Second Chance Friends, The Accidental Book Club, and The Sister Season. Her acclaimed YA novels under a pseudonym, Jennifer Brown, have been selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA Perfect Ten, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.


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  1. When The Hundred Gifts begins, the protagonist, Bren Epperson, is an empty-nester, eating her emotions as she ponders the quiet holiday season she’s about to endure without her children. Who is she by the end of the book and what has contributed to her changes? Think specifically about the roles Bren plays in her life, including those of wife, daughter, mother, teacher, and friend. What contributes most to her changes through the book?generic viagra price canada
  2. In chapter two, we meet Virginia Mash, a solitary older woman living above the Kitchen Classroom. What is Virginia’s role in the beginning of the book and how does that change by the end? As you did with Bren, consider Virginia’s roles as a wife, mother, and friend.generic viagra price canada
  3. Bren and her husband, Gary, view and deal with the absence of their children in very different ways. Do you think this is typical in a marriage? Were you surprised by Gary’s admission that he was looking forward to having time for other pursuits—and time for Bren and him alone? Have you seen this in your own marriage or in those of your friends and family? How do they work to come back together?generic viagra price canada
  4. In the beginning of the novel, Virginia Mash has few attachments in her life, but she does have a dog, Chuy. Talk about the role of pets in Virginia’s life and in your own. What does Chuy represent to Virginia? What voids does he fill? What does he bring to her? And are there ways in which he hinders her?generic viagra price canada
  5. Food becomes a source of conflict in this novel as a group of women gather together for cooking classes. But it might be most noticeable for Bren and Tammy Lynn. Discuss the different ways these two women approach food. What are they like at the beginning of the book? At the end? How do Tammy Lynn’s daughter, Janelle, and the new class member, Steff, play into this conflict? Is there a character you most identify with regarding her attitude toward food? Why?generic viagra price canada
  6. As the cooking class begins, a variety of characters come together, including Bren’s aunt Cathy and her mother, and Tammy Lynn, Teresa, Lulu, and Rebecca. Did you have a favor- ite character? Who was it and why was he or she your favorite?generic viagra price canada
  7. As the title suggests, giving gifts is a central theme in this book. The women are dedicated to making homemade gifts for Virginia Mash. Do you think homemade gifts are more mean- ingful than store-bought gifts? Would you, as Bren’s nephews do, prefer a gift certificate or cash? What is the line between being pragmatic and being heartfelt in the art of gift giving?generic viagra price canada
  8. Bren’s final gift to Virginia Mash is a twelve-course meal she delivers on Christmas Day. However, when she tries to deliver it, Virginia Mash tells her, “This is harassment.” Bren counters, “This is lunch.” Virginia Mash then responds, “This is illegal,” to which Bren exclaims “No, you mean old thing, this is friendship.” How is it friendship? When a potential recipient rebukes an offer, how does one know when to back off and when to keep pushing? How assertive should one be in pursuing friendship?generic viagra price canada
  9. Many people would say The Hundred Gifts has a happy ending—and they might be tempted to criticize the story for that feature. Yet the happy ending is a valued element in many types of books, from Jane Austen novels to contemporary romances. What do you think of happy endings in novels? Are they unrealistic and simplistic? Do they inspire hope and give us strength to face new challenges? Are they some mix- ture of the two? Do you prefer stories with happy endings?generic viagra price canada
  10. Is there someone in your own life who might benefit from one hundred gifts? Or perhaps just one? Who is that person and what would that significant gift be?generic viagra price canada
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