Book Club Kit: The Necklace

The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their LivesThe Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives
by: The Women of Jewelia and Cheryl Jarvis
First Published: 2008
10 Copies & Reading Guide

One day in Ventura, California, Jonell McLain saw a beautiful diamond necklace in a jewelry store window and wondered: Why are personal luxuries so plentiful yet accessible to so few? What if we shared what we desired? Several weeks, dozens of phone calls, and one great leap of faith later, Jonell and twelve other women bought the necklace together–to be passed along among them all.

Reading Guides:
Random House – Includes Author Information, an Excerpt, and Discussion Questions
One-Minute Book Reviews – Includes Discussion Questions

Reviews and Articles:
The New York Times – “Diamonds: A Girl’s Best Path Selflessness?” by Janet Maslin
People – “Thirteen Women…One Diamond Neckalce…and a New Path to Friendship


If you enjoyed The Necklace, you might like:
The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Book Club Kit) by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Council of Dads (Book Club Kit) by Bruce Feiler


One comment on “Book Club Kit: The Necklace

  1. The Arizona City bookclub met to discuss “The Necklace” on March 1, 2011. Each one agreed the book was interesting and one good for discussion. We shared the character who we could most identify with and the agreement that the group would not have been the same without something akin to the necklace as a catalyst. Surprising thoughts included the casual way many members treated this very expensive necklace and the reactions of some group members as they grew together. We wonder if there are other groups that have formed to share something of value because of the book, and we wonder what the group will be like as the daughters or others take the place of the original members. Will it continue?

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