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Peace Like a River
by Enger, Leif
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1. In many ways, "Peace Like A River" is a traditional story of good and evil and of outlaws trying to flee justice. What examples of this do you see in the novel?

2. Reuben's struggle with his asthma is central to the story. How is Reuben's struggle to breathe a metaphor for other struggles he's facing? How does his personal situation mirror the larger issues in the novel?

3. Miracles play an important role in this novel. Which events are considered miracles? How do they impact what happens in the story?

4. Much of this story is about the inner life of childhood and a child's perspective on the world around him. Do you think Enger accurately portrays childhood experiences?

5. What role does Roxane play in the novel? What does she bring to the family?

6. Can "Peace Like a River" be considered a religious novel?

7. Davy is accused of a double homicide. Some characters believe he acted in self defense and others think he needs to be brought to justice. What do you think about Davy's actions? Did your opinion change as you read the book?

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