Have you read STAYING TRUE by Jenny Sanford?
In this candid and compelling memoir—now a New York Times bestseller—the first lady of South Carolina reveals the private ordeal behind her very public betrayal, and offers inspiration for anyone struggling to keep faith during life’s most trying times.
Below are some discussions questions to ponder. Let us know what you think!
1.) Many people feel that memoir is such a compelling genre because real life is sometimes stranger than fiction. Were you interested in Jenny Sanford’s memoir because of the well-publicized real-life events it chronicles? Did the book satisfy your hope for details about how she dealt with this difficult time in her life?
2.) Staying True chronicles the long-span of the Sanford marriage – more than twenty years from the day they met – yet Jenny Sanford chose to begin and end the book with events from the summer of 2009. Do you feel this drew you into the story? Kept you in suspense? Or dealt up front with what many people already knew about Mrs. Sanford? How did the author’s story-telling decisions affect your reading experience?
3.) Jenny Sanford has said that she hopes that telling her story will help other readers who are in the throes of a difficult time in their lives and that the book will help others stay true to their deepest held values in order to make decisions that are right for them. She did not intend for the book to be at all prescriptive. Still, did you learn anything from Mrs. Sanford? Do you feel you might better be able to weather your personal storms for having read about the way she dealt with her own?
4.) Which aspects of the Jenny Sanford’s character do you identify with most? What aspects of her character do you identify with the least?
5.) How has Staying True impacted you? Do Jenny Sanford’s choices and decisions change the way you think about your own life story?