Being Lily

Dr Lily De Angelo is counting down the days before her wedding to Owen Fisher, making sure everything is perfect. For one thing, Owen’s dad from the Cape Flats will be seated far away from Lily’s snobbish parents who keep insinuating that Owen is not good enough for their trust fund baby.

And then blonde-haired, long-legged Courtney shows up with her fifteen-year-old daughter, Chiara, who could be Owen’s. Everything goes pear-shaped for Lily, including her bum, that still doesn’t fit into her wedding dress, despite hours in the gym.

Courtney and Chiara move in with Lily and Owen and not only is the ex-from-hell making eyes at him, but Owen seems a bit too happy at the thought of potentially being a dad. What happened to their decision to commit to love and marriage, but not the baby carriage? Is he changing his mind about children, about her?

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Kwela Books
Sep 3, 2018

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Book Club Questions

  1. What are the key themes in this novel? Did any resonate with you?
  2. What did you think of Lily?
  3. What did you think of the relationship between Lily, Owen and Courtney?
  4. Did you think the relationship between Lily and Chiara was a good one? How do you think you would feel if you were Chiara’s mother?
  5. What did you think of Lily’s relationship with her body?
  6. How did you feel about Lily’s views on marriage and having children?
  7. What did you think of the friendship group of Lily, Kari, Shelley and Di?
  8. What did you make of Owen’s reaction to potentially being a father?
  9. Do you think that Lily should have disclosed Chiara’s condition to her parents?
  10. Were you satisfied with the way that the novel ended? Would you have liked something different?

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