Exposed: Questions for Book Clubs

  1. What do you think about the relationship between Bennie & Mary, both on a personal and on a business level? How does it evolve through the course of the novel? Where do you think they stand at the end of the book compared to the beginning?
  2. Throughout the novel, Mary talks about not wanting to “let the neighborhood down.” How do you think being so connected to her community has affected the choices Mary makes in life? Do you have a similar strong sense of community in your life, either in your neighborhood or as part of another group?
  3. The mix of personal and professional is always difficult. Do you think Mary did the right thing in taking Simon’s case, regardless of legal rules and the potential damage to her partnership with Bennie? Why or why not?
  4. What do you think about the difference in Mary & Bennie’s law style – Bennie is much more about confrontation, while Mary’s practice is local and relationship based. Do you think one is inherently better than the other?
  5. Does one of the central struggles of the book – a father trying to provide for his daughter and pay her medical bills – resonate with you or anyone you know? Where do you think parents and children find the inner strength it takes to keep going when they are experiencing a tragedy like Rachel’s diagnosis?
  6. On page 113, Bennie is reflecting on her own childhood and thinks, “She relied on herself and had made her life into what she wanted it to be, gloriously on her own.” How did her upbringing and this kind of thinking affect Bennie? Do you think this intense self-reliance is positive or negative? In what ways?
  7. In Exposed, Judy finds herself in a moral dilemma, caught between two friends. Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? How did you handle it? Do you think Judy navigated the situation well?
  8. Did the ending of the novel take you by surprise? How do you think going back to the novel knowing the end would affect your reading experience? Can you identify any foreshadowing of things to come in the first half of the story?
  9. Throughout the novel, Mary is carrying the expectations of her partner, her family, her friends, and her community. How does Mary react to the intense pressure? Can you see ways in which it affects her decisions and actions?
  10. Near the end of the novel, Mary says to Simon, “We’re all worried about each other,” and he replies, “That’s love.” What different kinds of love can be found throughout this novel? How do the different characters show their love for each other in different ways?