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Reader Questions

February 8, 2014

I have been asked to post some questions for book club readers and classrooms, since I do not include them in the book. This may change soon, but here are a few for now. These were posed by members of a writer’s group in Gainesville, Florida.

SPOILER ALERT if you have not read the novel yet.
•What is the significance of “the lie that never ends” for the story?
•What is the main reason Ora Lee doesn’t tell Grace the truth after her mother dies?
•Why is Ora Lee not able to remember her life with Walter?
•Was Ora Lee really kind to Eddie? Does it matter?
•Does Eddie really think he’ll have to get justice because he’s innocent? Why does he later change his mind?
•Does the friendship between Patrice and Dovey Kincaid’s daughter signify that all is now well between the races in the South?
•Why does Ora Lee believe “we were partially to blame” for losing Grace?
•Why does Ora Lee decide not to bury her lie with Eddie, “no matter what the cost”?
•According to the story, what good does it do to learn right from wrong if we fail to insist on doing the right thing?•Why did Ora Lee let the Pecan Man take the blame for the murder of the rapist when she knew the real killer was Blanche’s son, Marcus?




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  1. Carol permalink

    Just picked this book for our next book club book, thank you for the discussion questions, I will be sharing them at our next meeting. Can’t wait to start it!

  2. Sue Gutierrez permalink

    i picked this for my bookclub read. i really enjoyed the book. discussion will be tonight. glad there were discussion questions. looking forward to the next book.

    • Thank you so much, Sue! Please post any questions your club left unanswered in your discussion! I’m happy to answer pretty much anything!

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