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TitleWhen Light Breaks
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                            A CONVERSATION WITH PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
                        
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the chance to have my work published and read.

1. What do you think the title means?
2. Maeve asks Kara to consider whether she would live her life differently
if she knew her first love would return to her. Was there a first love in
your own life, someone you waited for? Would you live your life
differently if you knew that he (or she) would return for you?

3. Kara learns that her mother hoped her children would “listen to the hints
of their hearts.” In your own life, are you listening to the hints of your
heart? Do you agree that it’s important to do so?

4. Maeve tells Kara: “All our lives we must choose between what others
define us to be and what we were meant to be.” Is that struggle being
played out in your own life? Do you see it in the lives of family and
friends?

5. Kara and Jack have an intense romance at very young ages—not quite
fourteen—yet during the novel they discover that all these years later,
their feelings for each other have endured. Do you think that children
and/or young teenagers are capable of mature and sustainable romantic
relationships?

6. Both Kara and Jack suffer as children from brokenness within their
homes—Kara through her mother’s death and Jack through his father’s
alcoholism. Discuss how those losses influence their relationship, both as
teenagers and as adults.

7. Deirdre was fifteen years old and Kara just nine when their mother died.
Discuss how the difference in their ages affected their experience of their
mother’s death. How do you think Kara’s relationship with her sister will
change in the future?

8. Why does Kara’s father, Porter, decide not to reveal to his children their
mother’s dying wish that they “listen to the hints of their hearts”? Do you
agree or disagree with his decision?

9. Although Maeve feels compelled to share her life story with Kara, she
also asks Kara for help in answering one last question—what finally
happened to Richard? Why do you think Maeve needs to know?

10. Maeve tells Kara, “Be careful what you believe.” What do you think
this means and how do you think it affects Kara’s life and decisions?

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