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The Inheritance of Beauty

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Beauty, like truth, is enduring. But only one can set you free.

MAGGIE BLACK CAME OF AGE in the lush, fragrant lowcountry of South Carolina—spending her days with her beloved brother and the boy she would grow up to marry. But when a stranger arrived one summer, Maggie couldn’t imagine the evil he would bring with him. And though she escaped with her life, the ramifications of that fateful summer would alter all of their lives forever.

Now, some eighty years later, Maggie and her husband George are spending their remaining days in a nursing home, helpless as age slowly robs Maggie of her ability to communicate. When a mysterious package arrives, followed closely by a stranger whose identity haunts them, Maggie and George are hemmed in by a history they’d rather forget.

As the truth reveals itself, George knows he must face the past and its lifetime of repercussions. It’s the only way to free himself and his precious wife—if it’s not too late.

The Inheritance of Beauty is a rich and enchanting story about age and beauty and the ability of true beauty to transcend one's life.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Magnolia's thoughts tend to go back to her childhood, yet George only visits his in dreams. Why? Do you know an elderly person who now seems to live in the past, or conversely, one who never speaks of it?
     
  2. Magnolia says, "Magic can either come from one of two places, up above or down below." Discuss the role of "magic" in this book. What does Maggie make with her hands? Does this change by the end of the book? If so, why?
     
  3. Beauty plays a major role in this novel. Who is or was beautiful? Discuss the difference between inner beauty and outward beauty in these characters. What about the title The Inheritance of Beauty? Whose inheritance is it? What comes along with that inheritance, blessing or curse?
     
  4. Miss Annie says, "Some families are cursed, it's logical, biblical, but it only takes one to break it. One folk who just won't have it no more." Have you ever felt you were carrying the burden that comes from a troubled family lineage or from unresolved issues?
     
  5. Does race play a significant role in The Inheritance of Beauty? Why or why not?
     
  6. Discuss George and Maggie's love relationship with regards to age and time. Do you think of their love as being perfected at some point in time or evolving and multifaceted as they age? Do you know a relationship like theirs? Would you want a love relationship like this one?
     
  7. Why did Ash leave Levy? Why did he stay away? Were his reasons valid? Were they noble?
     
  8. No one in this novel is perfect—they each have a mixture of good and bad in them and decisions they've suffered over. Discuss the themes of guilt, grief and redemption in this novel.
     
  9. In writing this book, the author states that she set out to discover why some people live so long with seemingly little or no quality of life. Do you think she discovered some answers? Did you?
     
  10. Joe's character seems to come in and out of George's, Maggie's, and Ash's lives like a moth to light. How have they each shaped each other's experience? Would their lives have been the same had they not come together? What about if they'd not gone their own separate ways?
     
  11. Why do you think these children must come together again at the end of life? Is this realistic? Do you believe in the supernatural guiding the natural world? Do you believe in miracles?
     
  12. Who is the true hero or heroine in this book? Why?
     
  13. Discuss Harmony House. Is this a place you would want to live? Is Miss Annie someone you would want in your life? In the end of the book, how has Miss Annie's life changed, if at all?
     
  14. Discuss the symbolic role of the Harmony House cat in The Inheritance of Beauty.
     
  15. Who set the fire in Levy? Why does this matter?
     
  16. Do you have a special, sacred place from your childhood like Togoodoo Creek? Have you ever been back? If so, how had it—or you—changed? Can one ever really go back home?
     

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The Inheritance of Beauty, Nicole Seitz

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Beauty, like truth, is enduring. But only one can set you free.

MAGGIE BLACK CAME OF AGE in the lush, fragrant lowcountry of South Carolina—spending her days with her beloved brother and the boy she would grow up to marry. But when a stranger arrived one summer, Maggie couldn’t imagine the evil he would bring with him. And though she escaped with her life, the ramifications of that fateful summer would alter all of their lives forever.

Now, some eighty years later, Maggie and her husband George are spending their remaining days in a nursing home, helpless as age slowly robs Maggie of her ability to communicate. When a mysterious package arrives, followed closely by a stranger whose identity haunts them, Maggie and George are hemmed in by a history they’d rather forget.

As the truth reveals itself, George knows he must face the past and its lifetime of repercussions. It’s the only way to free himself and his precious wife—if it’s not too late.

The Inheritance of Beauty is a rich and enchanting story about age and beauty and the ability of true beauty to transcend one's life.

More Information

Length 320 Pages
Publication Date February 8, 2011
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595545042
ISBN-13 9781595545046
Height 8.2"
Width 5.4"