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?
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?
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?
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
father-in-law/ mother-in-law relationships weave through the novel.
Which are the most complex? Which are the most comfortable?
The author takes pains to explain the sports of show jumping and salmon fishing. What purposes do these elements serve?
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?
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?
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
Who is your favorite character, and what do you like about him or her? Which character is your least favorite, and why?
Reconciliation seems to be a theme that runs through this novel. What issues are
grappled with and reconciled, and which are left unresolved?
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?