DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  • 1

    Discuss
    the novel’s title Miracle Beach and the First Nation’s legend that
    Sophie tells Jack about how the beach got its name. What does the legend
    have to do with a miracle? Is the title fitting for this book, and the
    lives of Macy, Jack, Magda, and Glory?

  • 2

    Discuss
    the novel’s setting. What role does it play in the story, and in each
    character’s life? Is it significant? If so, why? If not, why not?

  • 3

    Have
    you ever witnessed a death, lived through the death of a person close
    to you, or watched a friend or relative cope with grief? How do your
    experiences compare to Macy, Jack, or Magda’s? How does each of the
    characters handle grief? Is there a right or wrong way to grieve?

  • 4

    What
    would you do if you found yourself in Macy, Jack, or Magda’s situation?
    Which of their choices do you think are good ones and which are not so
    wise?

  • 5

    Daugher-in-law/
    father-in-law/ mother-in-law relationships weave through the novel.
    Which are the most complex? Which are the most comfortable?

  • 6

    The author takes pains to explain the sports of show jumping and salmon fishing. What purposes do these elements serve?

  • 7

    Macy
    and Jack each question how well they knew Nash. Is it possible for
    someone to really “know” someone else? Why or why not? Have you ever had
    a similar experience of feeling as though you didn’t know another
    person when you thought you did? How did you reconcile the person you
    thought you knew with the other “version” of him or her?

  • 8

    The
    history of Jack and Magda’s marriage runs parallel to Nash and Macy’s.
    What similarities and differences do they have? Had Nash not died, do
    you think each of the relationships would have had similar outcomes?
    What did you enjoy most about the depiction of their relationships? How
    realistic do you think each depiction is?

  • 9

    Magda
    struggles with the loss of herself to marriage and motherhood, and
    longs to re-discover her former self. Is her struggle indulgent, or is
    it valid? Can you relate to it? Have you witnessed others struggle in a
    similar way?

  • 10

    Who is your favorite character, and what do you like about him or her? Which character is your least favorite, and why?

  • 11

    Reconciliation seems to be a theme that runs through this novel. What issues are
    grappled with and reconciled, and which are left unresolved?

  • 12

    Much of the novel explores how our pasts and memories shape us. What do you think might be in store for each character as their lives progress?