Reading Group Guide
1. Katie finds herself regretting using her stylish wardrobe and accessories to make sure Partonvillers know she's not one of them. Can you think of a time when "putting on airs" seemed like a good idea but backfired? How important a skill is relating to people on their own terms and turf?
2. Dorothy's faith is her nearest and dearest possession. Does her fear of giving up what's familiar show a weakness in her faith?
3. As is common in small towns, the residents of Partonville gather for a meal after Tess's funeral. Do you think living in a tight-knit community fosters a healthier view of death and dying? Or do funerals and wakes make for uncomfortable and inappropriate chances to socialize?
4. Maggie Malone makes quite a stir at the Happy Hookers meeting with her new tattoo. Do you think the other women's shock and surprise might be just what fuels Maggie to try new things? If her behavior were ignored, would she be as likely to be so adventuresome?
5. Katie questions whether or not God uses unsuspecting --- and maybe nonbelieving --- bystanders in His works. Does God limit His actions to the faithful? Or is all of creation part of His plan?
6. Josh seems mesmerized by Dorothy. Is the so-called generation gap really the result of young people being "different" nowadays? Or is Dorothy's willingness to share young people's interests --- not to mention her youthful spirit and even her Internet savvy --- the key to bridging it?