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Meeting Schedule

Next Meeting:

July 27, 2017, 7pm

July's Book:

The Shortest Way Home by Juliette Fay


Contact Information

For more information regarding the Evening Book Club, please contact: Jaclyn Gomez at

Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions


1. After spending most of his adult life as a nurse in developing countries, Sean returns home to reconnect with what’s left of his family. How might things have turned out differently if he’d gone home more often?

2. The Doran family has dealt with enormous loss. How does each member of the family cope, and how well are these coping methods working?

3. When he first comes home, Sean falls into some old habits, including his teenage crush on Chrissy Stillman. In what ways is Sean stuck in his adolescence? What events help him grow up a bit over the course of the story?

4. What does Sean learn about his brother Hugh through other characters in this book? How does this impact Sean’s decisions about his own future? Do you think Sean will be a good parent? What will his shortcomings be?

5. Outwardly Aunt Vivvy displays mixed emotions about her role as sudden parent to the Doran kids. What do you think her true feelings are? Why does she hide them?

6. Sean’s relationship with God shifts over the course of this book. How does it evolve and why? Is destiny a permanent thing or can it change?

7.  What was the saddest moment of the story for you? The funniest? The most surprising?

8. Which character are you most like? How did you relate to that character’s learning curve over the course of the story?

9. Though he has only ever worked in extremely impoverished communities, Sean takes a temporary job as a school nurse. Where you surprised by what Sean learns from this experience?

10.  At the end of the book, Sean and Rebecca have some decisions to make about their future. What do you think their life will look like? What advice would you give them?

11. What character would you most like to have lunch with and why? What questions would you ask? What would you like to tell him or her?

12. If you were at risk for a genetic disease, would you get tested?

Book Summary

The Shortest Way Home by Juliette Fay


Sean has spent twenty years in Third World war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing what he’d always felt was his life’s mission. But when burnout sets in, Sean is reluctantly drawn home to Belham, Massachusetts, the setting of Fay’s much-loved Shelter Me. There, he discovers that his steely aunt, overly dramatic sister, and quirky nephew are having a little natural disaster of their own. When he reconnects with a woman from his past, Sean has to wonder if the bonds of love and loyalty might just rewrite his destiny. Completely relatable, The Shortest Way Home is another perfect serving of a slice of life from the irresistible Fay.

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