Lost Lake Book Club Kit

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Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen is the official July 2023 pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers.

A copy of the book Lost Lake is on the table.

It is a very rare occurrence for an author to appear on our official Book Club Books list more than once.

I try hard to spread the love around and make sure we’re reading new-to-us authors as often as possible.

However, July’s book happens to be by one of my very favorite authors and the time was right for her to make another appearance as part of our official line-up.

We read her book The Sugar Queen during our very first year of book club!

Rather than choose the new book that marked her re-entry into the publishing world after a few challenging years for her family, I decided to pick one of my favorites of her titles.

If you love this book, you’ll definitely have to add Other Birds to your to-read list!

P.S. Just joining us? Don’t miss the full 2023 line-up for our book club picks.

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    What is Lost Lake About?

    The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.

    That was half a life ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband George is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone. All that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires.
    It’s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing  Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.

    Lost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve,  before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss. Now she’s all too familiar with those things, but she knows about hope too, thanks to her resilient daughter Devin, and her own willingness to start moving forward. Perhaps at Lost Lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer… and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago.
    One after another, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something that they weren’t sure they needed in the first place:  love, closure, a second chance, peace, a mystery solved, a heart mended.  Can they find what they need before it’s too late?”

    Get Your Copy

    A copy of the book Lost Lake is on the table.

    Magical Realism
    Contemporary Women’s Fiction

    Pages: 352

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    Lost Lake Discussion Questions

    I believe the best book club questions to spark a lively discussion in your group help readers make personal connections to the story.

    You can read about how to write the best book club questions on your own here, but hopefully these will get you started!

    Question 1:

    Do you have a vacation spot that is particularly special to you for sentimental reasons? How often have you been back to this spot?

    Question 2:

    There is a long list of characters in this book, visitors to the resort as well as the main characters. Which ones were your favorite to read about?

    Question 3:

    Eby says that if “we measured life in the things that almost happened, we wouldn’t get anywhere.” What are your own fateful “almosts”?

    Question 4:

    Have you read a magical realism book before this one? How did you feel about the everyday magic the characters experience?

    Question 5:

    Kate, a born storyteller, has the power to alter Wes’s perspective about his sad past through one powerful retelling. Have you ever tried to “rewrite” your own story about a difficult experience to help you move on? How effective do you think that would be?

    Question 6:

    The women in Kate’s family are all impacted by the “Morris curse.” Do you have any family legends like this?

    Question 7:

    If you could write the end of Lost Lake yourself, would you keep it as is or would you have changed something?

    Book Club Party Menu

    I think it is so fun to plan your book club dinner menu or dessert list based on the theme of the book.

    Sarah Addison Allen, this month’s author, is from Asheville, NC and most of her books take place in the American South.

    Why not plan a fun book club menu with a few southern favorites?

    Start with a batch of my southern fried green tomatoes you can make in the oven or air fryer. They go really well with homemade pimento cheese spread.

    Make a fresh peach pizza with pancetta and cut it into squares like a flatbread to make it more appetizer-friendly.

    Finish the book club chat with a sweet classic strawberry shortcake with whipped cream.

    A copy of the book Lost Lake is on the table.

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