Book Group Guidelines

Sea Level Discussion Questions

1) Brigid has been described as “outspoken in her convictions, idealistic and blundering,” and Mary “free-spirited” and romantic (Laura Delaplain, Her Circle Ezine.) How would you describe Brigid’s goal for her life in Sand Hill? Mary’s? Which of them do you most identify with and why?

2) What characters in the novel do you sympathize with or not? And why?

3) How would you describe the theology (the meaning of God) of Brigid? And of Mary? What are the similarities and differences between them?

4) For the members of Brigid’s congregation, what is most important about the church? Does Brigid understand this? If so, how? If not, why not?

5) Brigid has a blind spot in regard to the church and Mary in regard to Jamie. What are these blind spots and how do they get them into trouble?

6) What is the symbolism of Brigid’s name?

7) Sea Level is a realistic novel, but includes some of the supernatural. How does the churchwomen’s understanding of religion coincide or clash with their experience of the supernatural? And how does the supernatural clash with and change Brigid’s viewpoint?

8) What is the meaning and/or symbolism of the phrase “sea level” in the novel?