1. In the opening chapters we learn that Charlotte has big plans for her life. What are they? What challenges does she face?

2. How would you describe Mazie at the beginning of the book?  How does she change? How does Charlotte’s understanding of her niece change? What role does Fig play in the changes you observed?

3. Harp appears in just a few scenes. Why do you think he was included?  Did you find him a sympathetic character? 

4. Fig is an influencer and an agent of change throughout the book, but do you think he himself changed? If so, in what ways?

5. Some chapters begin with brief paragraphs about some aspect of nature that the author has called “parables.” Why do you think they were included? Did they add or detract from the story?

6. Why is Charlotte’s Crossing set on an island? Was this important to the story?  Did the landing, the raft and the island have any symbolic value to you? 

7. Why do you think the book is called Charlotte’s Crossing?

8. What role does Prince play in the story?  What does his presence reveal about the human characters?

9. Charlotte calls Fig and Mazie “two peas.” Do you agree with her assessment? 

10. The author has strong opinions about how Americans use the land, especially their yards. Was this information new to you? Do you agree with the author’s assessment?

11. Through the WILHA meetings, Saskawan Five and the TRO, the author shared information about the lucrative market in invasive species—especially in her home state of Michigan. What did that narrative thread add to the story?

12. Every good story has a “turning point” that forces the main characters to change course, make big decisions, change internally or see the world differently. What was the turning point in this story?

13. What did Hector, Martin and Kiza add to the story?  

14. What did the subplot of Lauren’s death contribute to the full story of Charlotte’s Crossing. What did it reveal about the characters?

15. In Chapter 33, “Reality,” Charlotte learns that her bank account is nearly empty. She spends a week selling things online to save her business. Why did the author include that chapter at that point in the story? What does it reveal about Charlotte’s character and how she will handle her future inheritance?

16. Near the end of the book, the author describes fourteen days of grief. Was her behavior believable and appropriate, given the circumstances and given your own experiences with loss?

17. Did you find the author’s messages about native vs invasive plants compelling enough to influence your plant choices in the future?