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Discussion Questions

Blue Water

1. Based on her demeanor at the scene of the accident and her behavior throughout Blue Water, how would you describe Cindy Ann Kreisler, the woman responsible for Evan Van Dorn’s death?

2. What role does the small-town atmosphere of Fox Harbor play in Rex and Meg Van Dorn’s decision to seek time at sea on their sailboat, the Chelone?

3. What aspects of life on the Chelone draw Rex and Meg closer together, and what aspects push them further apart?

4. How does Toby’s relationship with Mallory Donaldson, Cindy Ann Kreisler’s sister, complicate the Van Dorns’ decision to seek legal damages from Cindy Ann?

5. How does Cindy Ann’s sexual abuse by her stepfather, Dan Kolb, impact Meg’s feelings about her son’s killer?

6. In what ways does Meg’s budding friendship with Bernadette Hale and her invalid son, Leon, transform her feelings about seeking revenge and granting forgiveness?

7. To what extent is Evan’s accidental death the cause of the deterioration of Rex and Meg’s marriage?

8. What explains Meg’s decision to befriend Cindy Ann Kreisler on her return to Fox Harbor, and how does this decision impact her relationship with Rex?

9. How would you describe Meg and Rex’s methods of grieving over the course of Blue Water?

10. At the end of the novel, what does the birth of Toby and Mallory’s daughter, Sadie, represent to Meg?

Blue Water
by A. Manette Ansay

  • Publication Date: April 11, 2006
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • ISBN-10: 0380732882
  • ISBN-13: 9780380732883