This reading group guide for Five Miles South of Peculiar includes discussion questions and a Q&A with author Angela Hunt. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. Have you ever lived in a small town like Peculiar? What are some of the advantages of small-town life? Disadvantages?
2. The title, Five Miles South of Peculiar,
is literal, intending to imply that Sycamores is five miles south of the town. But could the title also refer to any of the characters?
3. The story is told through the third-person viewpoints of the three sisters—Carlene, Darlene, and Nolie. Could you identify with one character more than the others? Why or why not? Did it help you to be “inside the heads” of all three characters?
4. In most novels, characters begin in one place and end up in quite another, usually the result of changes in their situations and/or their characters. Where did each of these characters begin? How were they changed by the end of the story?
5. Why do you think Nolie asked Henry to invite Carlene to Darlene’s citywide surprise birthday party? Why did she show him that picture of the twins as infants?
6. Would your church (if you have one) hir