The Beautiful Possible
by Amy Gottlieb
- The Beautiful Possible shows how secrets, known and unknown, influence how we think about ourselves. How do you think the knowing (or not-knowing) affects these characters? Have you had any moments of unveiling in your own life that helped illuminate a truth about yourself?
- Throughout the book, there are several important conversations that never get to happen. Are there any you think might have changed the course of the book?
- In what ways is Maya’s life a reflection of her parents’ stories, and in what ways does she chart her own course?
- What did you make of Rosalie and Walter’s partnership? Why are they able to communicate with Sol’s congregation in a way that he is not?
- Walter wanders through the narrative, staying at the fringes of the JTS community and then traveling around the world picking up wisdom from a variety of religions and philosophies. What did you think about his elusive persona? Why do you think both Sol and Rosalie were drawn to him?
- Sol tells Maya that he is the “Velveteen Rabbit” rabbi, needing to be seen and loved in order to feel real. What do you think makes a rabbi a rabbi? Is it a way of thinking? Serving a community? How do Maya and Rosalie’s emotional connections to the rabbinate differ from Sol’s?