1. Jennifer struggles with ways to reinvigorate her faith, so she ends up at birding and pottery classes. Has your faith ever lost its luster? Why? What do you do to reenergize your faith when it is lagging?
2. Mimi has a need for perfection. In her way of thinking, something is either perfect or it is a failure. What kind of impact could that have on her kids? What kinds of expectations do you have in life—tangible or intangible—and how do those expectations affect your loved ones?
3. Felicia suspects her husband is cheating on her by spending time with another woman. We can assume she doesn’t have issues with his having female friends, but the intimacy of his relationship with Nancy is uncomfortable for Felicia. How far is too far in a platonic friendship, especially when both parties are married? If you are married, does your spouse have a friend of the opposite sex? How does that friendship affect your relationship with your spouse? Have you discussed boundaries? If so, what are they? If not, what should they be?
4. Lisa goes to visit Mrs. Bentz for advice because she suspects the older woman will be less judgmental than Lisa’s peers in the church. Why do you suppose she though that? How does age affect a person’s worldview?
5. Throughout the novel, we read about the desperation of each pastor’s wife. Jennifer is desperate for faith; Mimi is desperate for peace; Lisa is desperate for love; Felicia is desperate for fulfillment; and Kitty is desperate for forgiveness/redemption. With which character’s desperation do you most closely identify? Why? What are some ways you exert that desperation?
6. Unbeknownst to everyone, Lisa, Felicia, Mimi, and Jennifer sneak away to a café 40 miles from their town in order to connect. What do you think these women gain by meeting every other Tuesday at Lulu’s? Do you have close friends you can share secrets with? What is it about those people you feel connected to? How have those friends invested in your life?