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Secret Life of Bees

The debut novel by non-fiction writer Sue Monk Kidd.

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  • Jun 16, 2010
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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 …
review by . June 23, 2010
A great way to examine the heated topic of race in the South.
This is a coming-of-age story, a powerful testimony to the redeeming quality of friendship among women and a wonderful reminder how love can heal. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves women's literature or just a good story.      Lily Owens' life has been changed starting with the afternoon her mother was killed.  Now, in fear for her safety, she is shipped off to South Carolina with caretaker Roasleen to the home of three bee-keeping sisters.  …
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
Very readable with engaging characters but not an intense literary experience
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
In a young person's life, there is always a point when they discover who they are and who they may want to be - or we hope so. Pain, family, joy, love, are all part of that journey.
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.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
:)
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.
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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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