"A super storyteller. . .she creates magic." --Publishers Weekly
Award-winning author Felicia Mason introduces us to a respectable Southern family turned upside-down by grief. . .and a hilarious and sometimes undignified search for a huge inheritance. . .
After a lifetime spent scrubbing and mending for others, Ana Mae Futrell has passed away. Her siblings have reluctantly returned to their North Carolina hometown to bury the older sister they never really bothered to know. For instance, they didn't know she'd won big on a lottery ticket. Or that she had a son. But back to the money--Ana Mae's millions will go only to the person who can interpret the clues she's left behind in a quilt. Should they all fail, the fortune goes to Diamond Jim and Baby Sue--Ana Mae's cats--and a Reverend with whom Ana Mae shared a "special" relationship. . .
Ana Mae's two sisters and brother hadn't really thought about Ana Mae in years, but now, with bills to pay, marriages on the line, and secrets ready to spill, she's all they can think about. And as the race to win begins, everyone involved finds there's more to gain than money. Because they're each going to learn a little something about Ana Mae--and a whole lot more about themselves. . .
"A touching portrait of human desires and frailties." --Booklist on Testimony
"Felicia Mason reaches new levels of excellence." --RT Book Reviews on Foolish Heart
1. What was Ana Mae Futrell’s biggest legacy? Which of her
heirs understood and best appreciated what she left behind?
2. Who was your favorite character in Hidden Riches? Why?
Which character was your least favorite and why?
3. What do you think the future will hold for Clayton and
Archer? For the Reverend Toussaint le Baptiste? For JoJo?
4. Which Futrell learned the most following the death of Ana
Mae? Which one the least?
5. The residents of small-town Drapersville had a lot of secrets,
many of them “open secrets”—things everyone
knows but that aren’t discussed. Do you think that’s typical
of small communities or unique to the characters in Hidden
Riches? Are there open secrets in your own family or among
your circle of friends and acquaintances?
6. The Scripture that Ana Mae lived by was the parable of the
talent in Matthew 25. In what instances did you see this evi -
dent in the story?
7. Archer believed that Reverend Toussaint was gay. Clayton
disagreed. What do you think?
8. Did JoJo make the right decision? Did her husband, Lester,
get what was coming to him?
9. Neither Rosalee nor Mr. Rollings ever revealed how much
money Ana Mae left for Rosalee, although Lester did some
speculation. Based on Rosalee’s reaction, how much do you
think was in that bank account? Why do you think the author
left out this detail?
10. Do you know anyone who has won a significant amount of
money via the lottery? How has it changed his or her life
for better or for worse?
11. If you won a big lottery jackpot, what would you do with
12. The book opens with the quote Mortui vivos docent, which
means “Let the dead teach the living.” What did the
deceased Ana Mae Futrell teach her living relatives and