Book Club Kit: The Virgin of Small Plains

The Virgin of Small PlainsThe Virgin of Small Plains
by Nancy Pickard
First Published: 2006
10 Copies & Reading Guide

In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteen-year-old Rex Shellenberger scours his father’s pasture, looking for helpless newborn calves. Then he makes a shocking discovery: the naked, frozen body of a teenage girl, her skin as white as the snow around her. Even dead, she is the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen. It is a moment that will forever change his life and the lives of everyone around him. The mysterious dead girl inspires local reverence. In the two decades following her death, strange miracles visit those who faithfully tend to her grave; some even believe that her spirit can cure deadly illnesses. Slowly, word of the legend spreads. But what really happened in that snow-covered field? Why did young Mitch Newquist disappear the day after the Virgin’s body was found, leaving behind his distraught girlfriend, Abby Reynolds? Why do the town’s three most powerful men — Dr. Quentin Reynolds, former sheriff Nathan Shellenberger, and Judge, Tom Newquist — all seem to be hiding the details of that night?

Reading Guides:
LitLovers – Includes Author Information, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions
Kansas Reads – Includes Book Reviews, Author Bio, Discussion Questions and more.

Kirkus ReviewsReviewed on April 1, 2006
Goodreads – Read hundreds (or just a couple) of reviews written by Goodreads community members.

On the Web:
Nancy Pickard’s Website –
Map of Kansas Literature – Nancy Pickard

More by Nancy Pickard:
The Scent of Rain and Lightning
The Whole Truth (Marie Lightfoot Mysteries)
Generous Death (Jenny Cain Mysteries)

If you enjoyed The Virgin of Small Plains, you might like:
The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes (Book Club Kit) by Diane Chamberlain
What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
Love You More by Lisa Gardner


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