If you could alter the plotline of your life, would you do it? In Tabitha Bird’s A Lifetime of Impossible Days, Willa Waters is given the opportunity to do just that. But are events the most important signposts of our histories? Or is it the stories we tell ourselves about these events that define us? Either way, A Lifetime of Impossible Days will open up a memorable reading group discussion.
Discussion points and questions:
- Willa time-travels between three different stages of her life. If you could travel back in time, what would you tell your younger self?
- A mysterious box was sent to eight-year-old Willa. If you could send a box of items backwards or forwards in time, what would you send? To whom, and why?
- What do you think gumboots represent for each of the three Willas? Eight-year-old Willa calls herself Super Gumboots Willa, for example. Did you have a special childhood nickname for yourself?
- Why do you think it’s an ocean that is sent in the jar? Discuss whether the ocean or any other place holds special significance for you.
- There is a saying that time heals all wounds, but can time on its own ever be enough?
- The Willas often bake jam drops as a source of comfort. Are there any foods you like to bake or eat that evoke special memories for you?
- What lies did Middle Willa believe and how did they affect her choices as a parent and her relationship with Sam? What lies must she challenge, and why?
- Silver Willa is constantly battling time. It flies, runs out and can’t be bought. What is your own relationship with time?
- If you had your own notebook titled Things I Am Sure Of, what would you write in it?
- There is an invitation to meet your younger self at the back of this book. Do you think it’s possible to spend time with our younger selves? If you could, what would you say or do?
- Have we as a society become more aware of families in crisis? Why or why not?
- The Willas love Chihuahuas. Have you ever owned a pet that’s had an impact on your life? How so?