Vocabulary of Light – Questions for Book Groups


  1. Did the beginning of the story “hook” you and make you want to find out what happened to Maggie in Puerto Rico?
  1. Have you ever been forced to make a move to a different city/state/country because of a partner’s job?
  1. If that called for you to make changes in your own career, how did that make you feel?
  1. What do you think about Maggie’s initial responses to the move? Was she resilient or resentful?
  1. At what point do you think Maggie began to accept her circumstances and make them work for her?
  1. Did the descriptions of life in Puerto Rico make you glad you weren’t the one having to move there or wish that you were? What in particular did you find most intriguing? Least appealing?
  1. Could Maggie have done more to help Judy? Is there something different you think she could have done?
  1. What did you think about the situation with Fr. Ramirez? Did Maggie handle that in an appropriate way? Would you have done it differently? What if her actions had back-fired and the priest had become more belligerent?
  1. What about Maria Teresa? Was there something more you think Maggie could have done to help Maria Teresa? Would you have done anything differently?
  1. Have you ever had a friend/relative you knew was being abused by a partner? How did you handle the situation?
  1. Do you think the advice Maggie received from Casa Rosa’s director was good advice? Why or why not?
  1. What did you find most surprising about this story?
  1. Was the ending satisfying?