Study Guide

Nine Perfect Strangers What's Up With the Title?

By Liane Moriarty

What's Up With the Title?

Nine Perfect Strangers pretty much says it all. This book is about nine guests at a luxury health retreat who don’t really know each other. They make judgments and assumptions based on their first impressions of the other visitors. This is all before they have a chance to get acquainted using Masha’s unconventional methods.

The title is especially ironic because some of the guests have come in groups. Ben and Jessica are married—hardly perfect strangers. Napoleon, Heather, and Zoe also seem to be a close-knit family. The story explores the ways we can be estranged from the people who live under the same roof as us. The secrets that these characters keep effectively make them foreign to each other.

Don’t worry. By the end of the book everyone’s going to know each other a whole lot better.

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