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In Sue Monk Kidd'sThe Secret Life of Bees, 14-year-old Lily Owen, neglected by her father and isolated on their South Carolina peach farm, spends hours imagining a blissful infancy when she was loved and nurtured by her mother, Deborah, whom she barely remembers. These consoling fantasies are her heart's answer to the family story that as a child, in unclear circumstances, Lily accidentally shot and killed her mother. All Lily has left of Deborah is a strange image of a Black Madonna, with the words "Tiburon, South Carolina" scrawled on the back. The search for a mother, and the need to mother oneself, are crucial elements in this well-written coming-of-age story set in the early 1960s against a background of racial violence and unrest. When Lily's beloved nanny, Rosaleen, manages to insult a group of angry white men on her way to register to vote and has to skip town, Lily takes the opportunity to go with her, fleeing to the only place she can think of--Tiburon, South Carolina--determined to find out more about her dead mother. Although the plot threads are too neatly trimmed,The Secret Life of Beesis a carefully crafted novel with an inspired depiction of character. The legend of the Black Madonna and the brave, kind, peculiar women who perpetuate Lily's story dominate the second half of the book, placing Kidd's debut novel squarely in the honored tradition of the Southern Gothic.--Regina Marler--This text refers to theHardcoveredition.
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Author:  Sue Monk Kidd
Genre:  Fiction
Publisher:  Penguin (Non-Classics)
Date Published:  January 28, 2003
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review by . June 27, 2010
While The Secret Life Of Bees is a fairly quick and enjoyable read, it is far more. For, it also provides lessons which often lead to enlightenment. Such lessons are due to the author's ability to create a  strong connection with the characters related to equality, friendship love and trust.      For example, unless one understands where one comes from, one cannot understand where one may be going. Regardless, the book does a good …
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
It's hard to describe this book without sounding corny. I'll be corny. it's inspirational and makes you smile. Read it if you like the mushy stuff, and ready it anyway if you're heartless and don't.
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Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Unlike most people, I was not really enamored by this book. It was just okay to me.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
omg i love this.
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
I loved this book. As soon as I read it Sue Monk Kidd became one of my favorite authors!
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
A touching book about how friends become family and overcoming life's obstacles.
review by . June 24, 2010
DELETE THESE QUESTIONS IF/AFTER YOU RESPOND!!          I thought this was a pretty depressing book.         I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to any one who likes fiction with twists and turns      The book took place in the south        the plot was unrealistic     the young girl in the story was the main character            …
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
i liked this book
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
I didn't like this book. I wanted to like this book, but I didn't.
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