6. Cassie is different from many women her age and in her social class. She prefers jeans to gowns and would rather rope a steer or beat a man at a game of pool than participate in many of the pursuits expected of women in her day. These very things that make her an outcast also make her special and appealing, particularly to Jamie. Have you ever experienced being the outcast, the new girl, the odd man out, etc.? What did that feel like? How did you handle it?
7. Toward the end of the story Jamie’s stomach trouble seems to grow worse as he guzzles down Milk of Magnesia. Do you think his physical distress has anything to do with the emotional and spiritual crisis he is in? How are physical pain and emotional or spiritual pain connected? Have you experienced this yourself? Share that story with the group.
8. One of the ways Cassie and Jamie and their family know that the two are right for each other is that both finally seem to have met their match. Jamie can charm the socks off of any woman, but Cassie resists him. Cassie has firmly made up her mind that she will never fall for another “Pretty Boy,” but Jamie gradually gets to her. Do you think the ability to challenge each other is an ingredient for a happy marriage?Why or why not?
9. Jamie, Cait, Alli, and Cassie all passionately want to clean up the Barbary Coast and care for the vulnerable women and children who live there. They care deeply about these people but also see this neighborhood as an unconscionable blight on a city they love. Is there something you would like to change or clean up in your community? Are you passionate about a cause or a group of people right in your city or neighborhood? Share that passion with the group.
10. What do you think happens to Logan and Cait? Will she ever be able to trust him? Will he tell her that Jamie is his son? If you were writing their story, what would happen next?