Virtual Book Club Author Talk – Kristina Riggle, Author of The Life You’ve Imagined

If you missed it, yesterday was our virtual book club for “The Life You’ve Imagined” by Kristina Riggle. Please feel free to go back and add any thoughts you might have if you weren’t able to discuss yesterday. Today we’re actually getting the opportunity to ask Kristina Riggle some questions about the book. I’m going to start with some based on yesterday’s discussion, but please feel free to add more in the comments, or respond to her responses, and Kristina will pop in as she’s able to shed some more light on things for us.

  1. What made you give Cami a gambling addiction? I just haven’t been able to get over how different that was from anything else I’ve read recently. It seems like everyone in the book club agrees that it worked very well in “The Life You’ve Imagined,” but other people were surprised to read it as well.
  2. As a follow up, Cami’s future seemed to be to be the most ambivalent of all of the women, and another reader mentioned that she was really concerned for Cami not seeming to have a plan in place to deal with her addiction. What was the reason you chose to leave her like that and not wrap up her story more?
  3. And ONE more about Cami: did you have to do a lot of research about gambling and gambling addiction to write her story?
  4. A question from Bookfan: “Would you consider writing Maeve’s story – from where it leaves off at the end of TLYI? I’d love to see where you’d take her!”
  5. There was some debate over whether people wanted – at any point – for Amy to break things off with her fiance. Did you ever secretly want her to, or think about taking the story in that direction?
  6. A question from Shonda: “What was the significance with trailers? Sally lived in one and it burned. Maeve met Robert in one on the land he wanted to buy. While reading, I thought this is important, but I couldn’t figure out why.”
  7. The men of Haven, everyone seems to want to know about them, and many people seem to think there really aren’t any good ones. Thoughts?

If anyone else has any questions, ask away!

The Life You’ve Imagined by Kristina Riggle – Virtual Book Club

Welcome to the virtual book club for Kristina Riggle’s new book, “The Life You’ve Imagined’! If you’re not sure just what exactly we’re doing here, I gave away 20 copies of “The Life You’ve Imagined” for people to read the book and participate (sponsored by Harper Collins), but receiving the book from me isn’t a prerequisite to participation, anyone who has read the book is welcome to join in! In fact, I have two copies of Riggle’s debut, “Real Life and Liars” to give away to people who participate today and tomorrow. If you need more background on the book, you can read my review, which also hosts a Mr. Linky with other reviews of this book, so check those out, or leave your own review if you’ve written one.

Here’s what’s happening: respond to any or all of the questions in the comments below. As you are able, read through the comments other people have left (you may want to make sure that ‘notify me of follow-up comments’ is checked when you leave your comment), and respond to them. If you use the ‘reply’ link in their comment, your comment will show up right below their to make it obvious you are responding to them. Discuss! Have fun! Grab a glass of wine if you want! If you haven’t read this book yet, remember, there will quite likely be spoilers. Such is the nature of a book club. As is also the nature of a book club, these questions may be colored by my own experiences with the novel, or by reviews I have read. Feel free to take any question in another direction, or disagree with my basic premise.

  1. General thoughts?
  2. The title of this book is taken from a misquote of Thoreau. Do you think it fit the story? How or how not?
  3. Maeve was quite obvious about not being able to disengage herself from the past for a great deal of the book. What do you think held her there? Do you think any of the other women suffered the same problem?
  4. What were your impressions of the men in this book, what did you think about how they were portrayed?
  5. I thought Cami’s storyline was sort of a gutsy one, I don’t remember ever having seen a young woman with a gambling addiction portrayed in literature, or even on TV. It is always either older women (and only Marge Simpson that I can think of) or men. Why do you think Riggle chose to give her a gambling addiction? How did it inform her actions as a character?
  6. Multiple old relationships come back to life in “The Life You’ve Imagined,” both romantic and otherwise. Did you think these were portrayed in a realistic fashion? What is realistic to expect from an old friendship? Romantic relationship?
  7. What did you think about the ending? Were you satisfied? Did it wrap things up too much? Not enough?
  8. If you could ask Kristina Riggle one thing, what would it be?
  9. What else struck you about this book that you would like to discuss?
By the way, thanks for the inspiration for this book club go to Trish from HeyLady.net and her Reading Series for “The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott” by Kelly O’Connor McNees