1. Strange things are happening at Greenbrier. The residents seem younger, spunkier—apparently thanks to Leon Fontaine’s water. Why do people want to remain young? If there really were a fountain of youth, would you drink from it?
2. What, if anything, is wrong about the people believing in the water? Isn’t the result more important?
3. Who was Leon Fontaine, really? Who did he remind you of?
4. Discuss Griselda’s decision to marry Zeb. Do you think she really loves him? Is something else going on? Did she make the right decision?
5. And what about Zeb? Just cold feet, or does he really love Griselda? And what effect will Mercy have on them?
6. Mercy becomes very important to Griselda, but there was objection to Mercy living with white folks. Discuss this.
7. What were your feelings about Mercy playing the part of Mary in the pageant? What about Griselda’s deception in getting Mercy’s mother to allow it? Does the end
justify the means?
8. Once again, pie is everywhere in Bright’s Pond. Discuss pie. What does it make you think about? What memories arise? What is it about pie that is so inviting?