1. The title of Dancing Naked in the Rain conveys a great deal of meaning for the book. When you first saw the title, what did you think? As you began reading the book, when did your first impression change? When you finished reading the book, what meaning did the title have for Megan? For Jake?
2. Thomas Hardy said that “while many things are too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened.” Explain how this idea relates to Megan. What do you think the author’s message is for the reader?
3. Describe Megan’s personality as the story begins. Which events have the biggest impact on her as she struggles to free Jake from his curse? How is she changed? Which events help to reveal Megan’s confidence? Her lack of confidence?
4. At the heart of this book is Megan’s struggle to save her love and her life. What happens that causes her to realize that she must take the situation into her own hands to win her struggle? What is the author’s message to the reader?
5. In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Act IV, Brutus says, “There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.” Could this idea be applied to Megan’s situation? How does it apply to life in general?
6. What does Megan’s dream of riding on the horse have in common with the tale of Tam Lin? How do they serve as a parallel to Megan’s relationship with Jake?
7. Although Jake’s character is seen through the eyes of Megan, he is a complex character. How does the author reveal him in such depth?
8. At the end of the story, Megan finally returns the stone to the Abby. What do you think her thoughts might have been as she returns to the farm?
9. Love is a powerful theme in Dancing Naked in the Rain. In the beginning, love seems instinctual to both Megan and Jake. As the story progresses, love becomes more complex. Although Jake is haunted by a curse that affects Megan and places her “under his power,” so to speak, how do these variations reflect on the nature of love? Of what is Megan’s struggle symbolic?