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Questions and Discussion Topics for AN AVAILABLE MAN

1.There are so many themes in this novel (romantic love, family relationships, loneliness vs. togetherness, bereavement, and forgiveness. Which one resonated with you the most?
2.Why do you think there’s such a dearth of “available men” above a certain age? Are society’s expectations of aging women different from those of aging men?
3.What do you think contributed to the success of Edward and Bee’s marriage? What did you make of Edward’s difficulty coping after Bee’s death?
4.Edward’s family and friends conspire to help him find a new love. But Olga has chosen loneliness over being with the wrong person. Is being part of a couple best for everyone?
5.Why do you think Julie felt more comfortable going to Edward with her dating issues and other problems than to her biological father, Bruce Silver?
6.Do you think Laurel’s mental state excuses her for the way she treated Edward at the end of their first love affair, and for her unsettling persistence when she comes back into his life? Does Laurel deserve Edward’s keeping her at arm’s length?
7.Were you surprised that Edward was finally able to fall in love again, and with whom? Who were you rooting for?
8.When Edward goes to the different members of his family with the news that he’s fallen in love, their reactions are not what he expects. Why do you think that is?
9.Is there anyone in your life with whom you would have liked to set Edward up?
10.How would you feel if someone put up a personal ad for you,as Edward's stepchildren did for him?
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