Pie Town (Paperback)

A Novel

By Lynne Hinton

William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062045089, 352pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 2011

List Price: 13.99*
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“Lynne Hinton deftly pens an uplifting tale of hope, faith, and community.”
—Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author of The Welcome Home Garden Club

“Hinton’s writing style is similar to Eudora Welty’s: easy, conversational, down-home.”
Greensboro News & Record

Welcome to Pie Town! Bestselling author Lynne Hinton—who has delighted readers with her heartwarming tales of faith, food, and friendship—has cooked up a delectable treat for fans of Fannie Flagg, Whitney Otto, Kaye Gibbons, and Jan Karon’s Mitford books…as well as the dedicated readers of her own popular Hope Springs novels (Friendship Cake, Christmas Cake, et al). The first in a series centered around the inhabitants of a small New Mexico town once renowned for its homemade desserts, Pie Town is the touching and funny tale about the unexpected changes a sleepy little southwestern community undergoes following the arrival of a well-meaning but woefully unprepared priest and a young hitchhiker who looks like big trouble.

Praise For Pie Town: A Novel

“Hinton has an excellent sense of Southwestern rhythms and cadence.”

“A feel-good tale....Heartfelt.”

“[A] feel-good story—one that will be enjoyed by readers of Jan Karon and Nicholas Sparks.”

“Reading Hinton’s light, quickly moving prose feels like sitting down to catch up with an old friend over coffee.”

“Warm, poignant and moving....A lovely book.”

“Lynne Hinton deftly pens an uplifting tale of hope, faith, and community.”

Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com

  1. New Mexico is often described as three cultures living together:Native American, Hispanic, and Caucasian. Which characters in the book represent these three cultures, and how?
  2. Pie Town is a very small town. What are the advantages to living in a small town? What are the disadvantages?
  3. What is the role of the angel, Alice, in this story? Who needs the angel most in Pie Town? Is it Alex or someone else?
  4. How would you describe Father George? Were you surprised by his secret?
  5. At what point in the story did you think Trina might be pregnant? Do you think she was treated fairly after people found out? Where do you think an unmarried and pregnant girl would get the most support, in a small town or in a more urban setting?
  6. Despite its name, there are no pies in Pie Town. What significance does this have in the story? Do you think there will ever be pies in Pie Town?
  7. How does Pie Town illustrate the idea of “community”? How do you define community?
  8. What ultimately motivates the townspeople to help Father George rebuild the church? What does the church symbolize to the town? Why did Alex think it was so important for Pie Town to rebuild Holy Family Church?
  9. Why does Alex never seem to be mad at his mother for leaving? Do you think children forgive more easily than adults? Why or why not?
  10. Do you prefer cake or pie? What’s your favorite kind of pie?