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Flies on the Butter

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Can you ever really go home again?

Rose Fletcher's come a long way from her South Carolina up-bringing of Sunday church and Mamaw's fried chicken. As a high-powered lobbyist in Washington, D.C., Rose has put the South behind her. But the peace and happiness she has sought eludes her. With her marriage on the brink of disaster, her mind races with the chaos her life has become.

Now Rose must head south for home. She'll face her demons, relive her coming-of-age, and confront the issues that have kept her away all these years. It'll take the intervention of strangers and a painful miracle of grace to help her find that place called "home" once again.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. The line from the song says, "You can dream about it every now and then. But you can't go home again." What does "home" represent in this story? Have you ever felt as thought you couldn't "go home" again?
  2. Rose feels as if everything in her life has to be perfect and of good quality--her home, her food, her clothes, her car, her marriage. What do you think she is trying to cover up with the perception of a perfect life? How does the pressure of having a "perfect life" haunt her?
  3. The characters of Granddaddy and Mamaw are so central and grounding for many of the other characters in the story. In what ways do you think these two most influence their children and grandchildren?
  4. Rose's need to be in control permeates every area of her life. Why do you think she always needs to be in control? Can you identify with Rose's need for control in your own life?
  5. Why do you think Rose doesn't want to have children? Why does she hide that fear from Jack?
  6. How would you describe Rose's relationship with Charlotte? With Christopher?
  7. Why do you think it makes Rose so upset to be called "irritable"?
  8. Rose feels as if no one--not even Jack--really knows her. Why do you think she is so restless in her identity? How does Rose prevent others from really knowing her? In what ways can you identify in Rose's struggle with identity?
  9. Why do you think Rose gave in to an affair with Richard? What do you think she was looking for?
  10. Do you think that Rose wanted to be honest with Jack? If so, what held her back? Why didn't Rose think Jack could forgive her?
  11. Rose refuses to forgive her mother's affair, yet she chooses the same destructive path for herself. Do you think Rose's refusal to deal with her mother's affair influenced her choices?
  12. Often, being in the company of family allows you to see the both the good and the bad in yourself--as if looking into a mirror. Why do you think Rose has chosen to distance herself from her family, both geographically and emotionally?
  13. In this book, Rose embarks on a journey home--both literally and spiritually. Along the way, many people influence her journey. What roles did Herschel, Daisy the waitress, Pastor Lionel, and Abigail play in Rose's journey home?
  14. Why do you think Rose needed to hear, and was moved by, Abigail's retelling of the story of Joseph?
  15. What do you think is the significance of the title, Flies on the Butter?

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Flies on the Butter, Denise Hildreth Jones
  • Flies on the Butter, Denise Hildreth Jones

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Can you ever really go home again?

Rose Fletcher's come a long way from her South Carolina up-bringing of Sunday church and Mamaw's fried chicken. As a high-powered lobbyist in Washington, D.C., Rose has put the South behind her. But the peace and happiness she has sought eludes her. With her marriage on the brink of disaster, her mind races with the chaos her life has become.

Now Rose must head south for home. She'll face her demons, relive her coming-of-age, and confront the issues that have kept her away all these years. It'll take the intervention of strangers and a painful miracle of grace to help her find that place called "home" once again.

More Information

Length 292 Pages
Publication Date February 13, 2007
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595542086
ISBN-13 9781595542083
Height 8.2"
Width 5.4"