SACRED TIME by Ursula Hegi
Reader's Group Guide
At the core of Sacred Time
lies a single, tragic event that transforms the lives of all its characters. How does Bianca's death impact each character? Can you envision how their lives might have been different had tragedy been averted?
As a boy, Anthony believes that men don't exist unless they are married. What leads him to this conclusion, and how does the idea continue to guide him, even as an adult?
Do you hold Anthony responsible for Bianca's death, as he does? What set in motion this awful sequence of events?
Anthony describes how his family tells stories "with great passion, listening with equally great passion while one of us would take one thread of a story and spin it along...." Why is it best when the stories are already familiar? How does Bianca's death affect the family stories?
How does Leonora both belong into the Amedeo family and remain isolated? Where does this distance come from?
Why does Leonora blame her inability to bring another child to term on her body's selfishness? How has her father's violent legacy shaped her?
The image of Leonora and Floria dancing reverberates throughout the novel. What does the dancing mean to Anthony? To his aunt and mother? To the men in the family? Where do you think the disconnect between Leonora and Victor lies? Were you surprised when they decided to get back together? Why do you think she decided not to restore the weddi