The Hideaway Discussion Questions

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

'The Hideaway' is a heartwarming novel of Southern romance, family ties, and restorative relationships. Use these discussion questions to help your high school-age students analyze the genre, style, characters, and themes of this novel.

The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton

Denton's The Hideaway takes readers on a journey through the past and present, through broken relationships and new ones. Help your high school-age students engage in meaningful conversations about genre, style, character, and theme by using these discussion questions. Questions can be used in a one-on-one discussion with a single student or a list can be provided to partners or teams. Additionally, consider asking students to produce a written response to one or more questions to serve as a summative assessment.

  • Note: These discussion questions are designed to be used after students have read the novel.

Genre and Style

  • The Hideaway is a fiction book, but that's all everyone agrees on. Some consider it a hallmark work of women's literature, others of romance, and some see it as a strong example of Southern literature. Which category do you think best represents this book and why? Give specific examples of how the book's setting, characters, tone, and events relate to the genre you select.
  • Denton uses perspective and timing shifts to simultaneously tell the stories of Mags and Sara. Do you think this is an effective technique? How does it enhance or detract from the novel's plot? How does it provide firsthand insight into the character of Mags? Could the reader have known Mags as well if her story was simply recounted from Sara's perspective?
  • Some would say that the house is more than a setting, but it is a character in the novel. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? How does the house affect people's lives? Is it responsible for the changes and choices that Mags, Sara, and the residents make? If so, how? If not, why not?

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