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Discussion Questions

Meant to Be

1. Walter Anderson attributes his drive and eventual career success to his mastery over his childhood difficulties. Is there a correlation between ambition and overcoming hardship?

2. Walter confronts his mother about a secret she has kept for so many years. Are children entitled to know their parents' pasts?

3. Walter finds out that he is the biological son of a Jew. What are Walter's responsibilities to the faith of his father?

4. Walter lived with the secret of his parentage for years. How does living with a secret affect intimate relationships?

Meant to Be
by Walter Anderson

  • Publication Date: September 7, 2004
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0060099070
  • ISBN-13: 9780060099077