QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
Tim and Kate Welch seem to have the perfect partnership. Tim is an inspired and beloved history teacher for a private school and Kate is a caring, dynamic mother to their two sons. Despite the pile of unpaid bills, the occasional rut, and even the eventual swapping of roles that finds Kate returning to her former career running a charitable foundation, they always make it work.
Their perfect system is interrupted, however, when the wealthy, sophisticated Anna Brody moves into Brooklyn Heights. Anna is attractive, elegant, and gifted with a presence that sparks awe and curiosity among the Heights’ elite. Her irresistible charm pulls Kate and Tim into a complicated friendship of love and lust that may tear their marriage apart.
The Heights is a novel that explores the delicate battle between what we have and what we want, and the impact desire has on our relationships. It tells the story of a marriage taken to the very edge of collapse and asks if it’s possible to save it.
ABOUT PETER HEDGES
Peter Hedges is a novelist, playwright, and filmmaker. He wrote both the novel and the screenplay What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and is the writer-director of Pieces of April starring Katie Holmes and Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carrell. His screenplay for About a Boy was nominated for an Academy Award. Hedges lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn, New York.